Daniel Ricciardo Wins in Monaco to Crash F1 Title Party
Daniel Ricciardo produced a masterful drive under immense pressure to claim victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Australian’s Red Bull had been quick all weekend and he converted pole position into victory, but it was not without drama as he suffered a power problem during the race and could only utilise six gears in the later stages.
If there is one track where it is possible to overcome such problems it is the street circuit of Monaco, but Ricciardo showed great skill and tremendous race craft to fend off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel and claim the 25 points.
“This is two years in the making, I finally feel redemption (after coming second in 2016),” Ricciardo said, per the BBC.
“We had problems, a lot to deal with and before halfway I felt a loss of power and thought the race was done.
“We got home using just six gears, but we got it home and I’m stoked. There were a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we won Monaco – it feels good.”
The victory catapults Ricciardo firmly into the drivers’ championship mix, as he now sits in third place in the standings on 72 points.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will be happy to move on from Monte Carlo still at the head of affairs. His Mercedes was off the pace all week, but he was able to secure a podium finish in third and his team can look to work on what was ailing them all weekend.
Vettel is likely to be the man who will most rue how the race went. He had excellent pace and was aware of Ricciardo’s problems ahead of him, but the Ferrari driver was unable to get by and had to settle for second.
“I think we had the pace but it was a tricky race and Daniel had the answers all the time,” Vettel said. “I think he had a problem with his MGUK, I started to pick up a bit but then lost a bit in my tyres.”
With six races of the season now completed, Hamilton tops the standings on 110 points – 14 ahead of Vettel who is a further 24 clear of Ricciardo in third.
It had been shaping up as a two-horse battle between Vettel and Hamilton, but by securing a second win of the season Ricciardo has thrown his hat into the ring.
The Formula 1 circus swaps continents next, with the teams heading to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve promotes exciting racing and if Ricciardo’s Red Bull can compete it will mean he is firmly in the title mix.