Ricciardo wins in Monaco from pole

by Leon Thompson May 31, 2018, 17:10
Ricciardo wins in Monaco from pole

However, in a week when Red Bull boss Christian Horner suggested Hamilton's wage demands were the only plausible explanation for why the world champion is still to reach a fresh agreement with Mercedes, Hamilton indicated that Ricciardo should only be prepared to stay at Red Bull if he achieves pay parity with Max Verstappen.

The Australian was denied a certain victory here at the principality two years ago when his team botched up a regulation pit stop, and his triumph on Sunday hung in the balance after he dramatically ran into trouble with 50 of the 78-lap marathon race still remaining.

He later added: "We were just cruising around from lap six, literally cruising, so it wasn't really racing".

But having dominated every session in Monaco this time around, Ricciardo produced a masterclass to hold off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and finally get the job done. Behind him, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Unlike Hamilton and Vettel, Ricciardo has suffered two race retirements so far and he still trails Hamilton by 38 points - the equivalent of a race win and podium finish.

"Thank God that's over", Hamilton said on the team radio.

"Formula One needs to apply a different schedule here". It should not be a one-stop race for example. "It wasn't fun driving like that and I'm pretty exhausted, but very, very happy. 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 vehicle home".

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"First stint, I could follow him fairly easily and then he started to push as Lewis pitted".

Past year he had managed only seventh as Mercedes struggled around the tight and twisty layout while Ferrari enjoyed a dominant one-two. His contract is up for renewal at the end of the season, and he did little to harm his credentials in what must be considered the finest all-round display of his career.

A late-race virtual safety vehicle after Charles Leclerc's Sauber wiped out the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley caused heart rates to skyrocket on the Red Bull pit wall, but McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne emerged from the pits under VSC conditions to slot in between Ricciardo and Vettel on track, and the Ferrari's struggles with regaining tyre temperature when the race resumed saw Ricciardo bolt to what was, in the end, a comfortable win by 7.336secs. Schumacher was stuck in fifth gear, but managed to finish second.

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The magnum of champagne was then handed to Monaco's Prince Albert and Princess Charlene to drink straight from the oversized bottle.

"There was a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we won Monaco".

"But we did it, and it feels like redemption for 2016".

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