Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton thinks it is unlikely Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo will be his Mercedes teammate in 2019.

After guzzling champagne from his sweaty shoe - as he likes to do - it was time to cool off.

"I've done everything I can so far so let's finish this job". The Red Bull driver managed to hold off Vettel despite the challenge, and took his second win of the season and first-ever at Monaco. Refreshing! Red Bull know how to celebrate in style.

After setting a blistering pole lap, which is well worth the watch on YouTube, Ricciardo was comfortably in the lead and in control.

That VSC was caused by Charles Leclerc enduring a brake failure and steaming into the back of Brendon Hartley as they exited the tunnel, in a race that scarcely created drama and produced 19 finishers.

The victory elevated Ricciardo above Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas into third position in the championship. Finishing sixth was Esteban Ocon of Force India, who ran a long opening stint than the race leaders before pitting for new tyres, but managed to stay ahead of Torro Rosso's Pierre Gasly at P7 and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg at P8, who seemed dominant on fresh tyres in the second half of the race.

A strong drive from Verstappen, gaining 11 positions, but the day belonged to Ricciardo.

The race wasn't without its drama, as Sauber's Charles Leclerc, having run out of brakes near the end of the race, collided with the back of Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley at the tunnel exit, bringing out the virtual safety auto.

Daniel Ricciardo
GETTY Daniel Ricciardo held on for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix

It also felt like payback time. "So, I think it's more circuit-dependent - but I'm glad they're bringing the hyper-softs again".

"I spoke to Prince Albert and said that maybe we should make it longer", he said.

He soon displayed his typical showmanship, standing perfectly still on his auto, nodding slowly and then thumping his chest. Between this and the Renault engine's power surfeit, at least 50 horsepower according to preseason reports, the engine output gap was likely in the neighborhood of 210 horsepower.

"We sent a statement and have been quickest every session", Ricciardo said. "You can hear his composure in the vehicle ... there is no panic". Horner said he and technical chief Adrian Newey had their own Kranz moment when deciding whether or not to tell Ricciardo to park the auto when the severity of the issue became clear.

Ricciardo was asked if he was relieved that he does not need to overtake Verstappen on Sunday.

Vettel reduced Hamilton's championship lead from 17 points to 14 in an intriguing championship tussle. There's an old Motorsport quote that we were reminded of today - winning the race at the slowest possible pace!

Montreal's Lance Stroll finished 17th, two laps back.

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