Daniel Ricciardo claims Monaco victory despite electrical problems

Daniel Ricciardo claims Monaco victory despite electrical problems

The Australian reported a loss of power early on but managed to bring his auto home in first place ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in third.

"We sent a statement on Thursday and have been quickest every session".

Nearly two years ago to the day, Daniel Ricciardo was denied a maiden Monaco Grand Prix victory due to a sluggish pit stop and only on Sunday was he able to finally step atop the principality podium.

The street circuit is notoriously hard to overtake at and the Australian benefited greatly from this fact, the victory all but confirmed with three laps remaining when a hasty virtual safety auto restart allowed him to pull away.

Hamilton, who said the race was "the longest 78 laps ever", added in his BBC Sport interview: "It was a super-unexciting race for everyone". That's what it was.

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola said he had not expected most teams to choose the two softest tyres for the race, and had been expecting most to switch from the hyper-soft to the more durable super-soft for their second stint.

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Vettel was further disadvantaged by the VSC when Stoffel Vandoorne emerged from a pit stop directly ahead of him and slowed the Ferrari just before racing resumed and the track went green. An imperious drive in qualifying has given him a commanding pole, and this race is his to squander. He went on to scythe this way through the traffic and take P9 - not bad for the man who started at the back of the grid.

"Daniel is a big part of our team and he's really the complete article now", he continued. If you factor in a couple of safety auto periods, Sunday really could be a brighter day. There was no raise of voice.

"I only used six gears for the rest of the race".

Poor Ricciardo's loss of power a third of the way through the race was simply brutal for him. Then your brake temperatures go out of control. Lewis Hamilton will line up third on the grid after setting a time 0.422s off Ricciardo. He's having to cool the brakes, he's having to cool the auto, he's having to lift off to do that. He got close but there were already signs of graining on his front left tyre, and that severely damaged his chances of getting a good run onto one of Monaco's short straights to attempt an overtaking manoeuvre. He can not lock a wheel up. "There's a lot more work still to be done, but we head to Canada feeling confident that we're headed in the right direction".

"He was the coolest guy out there today", he concluded.

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