Daniel Ricciardo Wins Maiden Monaco Grand Prix

31 May, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Max Verstappen crashed out on FP3 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Each Hamilton and Vettel are searching for a fifth world championship crown with Ricciardo hoping for his first in an bettering group.

The Australian was overjoyed with his victory, which was a huge achievement against the odds and goes some way to making up for his disappointment when he missed an nearly certain win here in 2016 after a pit-stop error by his team.

Despite repeatedly warning his team that wasn't convinced the tyres would last to the end, he finally brought the vehicle home in third, 17 seconds behind race victor Daniel Ricciardo.

"To begin with, congratulations to Daniel and Purple Bull, they did an important job. I was 10 seconds behind, but I was conflicted because in my heart I wanted to win this race, but the team just asked me to bring the auto home". I did everything I could.

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Remarkably, it was often the midfield drivers lapping faster than the leaders such was the lack of pace at the front with Ricciardo, at one point, 10 seconds slower than his pole time. "It was the least attention-grabbing race", mentioned the Briton.

"I think we had the pace but it was a tricky race so I think Daniel had the answers at all times", said Vettel. It was insane how little I was pushing. He was stronger there and I couldn't follow.

"We had problems, a lot to deal with and before halfway I felt a loss of power and thought the race was done. It would have been nice to keep the pressure on to the end". "It's not impossible but not really at the forefront of my mind yet", Ricciardo said.

The top six finishers remained in grid position, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo winning for Red Bull from pole despite having to manage problems with his car's power unit for almost two thirds of the distance. Whoever is leading after the first lap is likely to control the pace of the field in order to protect his tyres, comfortable in the knowledge that overtaking is almost impossible without a mistake from the vehicle in front.

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Ricciardo did so with a brilliant display of nerveless driving, in which he went on to hold the lead and ensure he made his tyres last.

Fifty laps of keeping his cool after reporting he was "losing power" finally cracked for Ricciardo when he rolled to a halt on the start-finish straight, allowing himself an emotional moment alone in the auto before the podium ceremony to let his first Monaco win sink in.

But it would have no bearing on the result as Ricciardo joined Vettel and Hamilton on two wins apiece from the first six rubbers.

By pulling off a mature and flawless drive to claim victory, he has reinforced his standing as one of the most bankable drivers on the grid.

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Patrick started the race seventh and ran inside the top 16 before getting loose and hitting the wall on Lap 67. He posted throughout the day about the race, and he even streamed the whole event from inside his vehicle .

Ricciardo's Dutch teammate Max Verstappen, who started last after crashing in Saturday's final practice, stayed out of trouble and stood out for the right reasons with impressive overtakes to finish ninth.

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