Handicapped Daniel Ricciardo Holds on to Monaco Grand Prix Win

Daniel Ricciardo pulled off a superb win

Daniel Ricciardo pulled off a superb win

As is tradition, the Monaco race took place just hours before the Indy 500.

A combination of the soft tyres, the ultra-tight nature of the Monaco street circuit and a lack of safety cars or incidents ensured that the race, while tense thanks to Ricciardo's problem, wasn't exactly a thriller to watch.

Back to Hamilton. "From a racing driver's point of view, we were never pushing".

Such is the Monaco Grand Prix's heady cocktail of glamour, danger, setting and history that the layout has remained essentially unchanged since its creation by Anthony Noghes 89 years ago. Perez qualified ninth in the second Force India, with Pierre Gasly also claiming a top 10 spot for Toro Rosso.

Ricciardo's knuckle gripping race of extraordinary tension began, not from his pole position start and race to the first corner, but on lap 28 of the 78-lap race. More so because of the nature of Monaco, where overtaking is next to impossible. Then he was a bit stronger there and we couldn't follow.

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The crash called for a virtual safety vehicle, making Monaco the seventh straight Grand Prix in the 2018 season to see either a safety auto or its virtual counterpart, but the condition was rapidly lifted, disappearing on lap 74 as lapped Stoffel Vandoorne exited the pit lane on hypersoft tires, directly between Ricciardo and Vettel, a secondary obstacle, adding further dirty air to Vettel's woes. In fact, Ricciardo's "loss of power" radio message made us wonder if his winning in Monaco was jinxed!

Ricciardo, who was nursing an MGU-K issue for most of the race, admitted the circuit layout allowed him to get away with maintaining a slow pace out front.

It didn't seem to bother the victor, though, as Ricciardo took a chance to refresh himself, diving into the Red Bull rooftop pool in sweet victory celebration. "The battle is between all three teams and all six drivers, so it's very early still and a long way to go". Was Ricciardo driving too slowly?

A few hours before the race, Brady stopped by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas garage to catch up with F1 star Lewis Hamilton and ... We had problems, we had a lot to deal with during the race.

Such was Ricciardo's pace that Mclaren's Stoffel Vandoorne (finished 14th) was waiting to unlap himself in the latter stages. It was a courageous move by the team but one that did not pay off as Vettel pitted four laps later and came back out in front of his championship rival. Apart from the apparent power unit issue, it seems that Pirelli's tyres needed management from the first lap itself.

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