Ricciardo overcomes power issue to prevail in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo after winning the 2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

That's Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian racing driver who competed in the Monaco Grand Prix, which is where this video was filmed. A fault with his power unit cost him 25% of his engine power, but somehow still managed to fend off Sebastian Vettel and claim first place.

Horner hoped Ricciardo, who has now won two races this year and is third in the overall standings, could be signed up "in the next couple of months" but recognised much would depend on what engine Red Bull had.

"There were times when I was really cruising, but the circuit allows you to do that, because it's hard to overtake".

For the first time since 2009 the race had no need for a safety auto, which leads the cars around at reduced speed while debris or other obstructions are removed.

"I've done everything I can so far so let's finish this job". Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole position previous year, had to settle for fourth place, just 0.034s off Hamilton and 0.175s clear of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Monégasque Charles Leclerc suffered from a brake failure that saw him plunge into the back of Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley (who desperately needs some luck!).

McLaren's Fernando Alonso described it as "the most boring race ever" and Hamilton argued the circuit or race format should be changed.

2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Enlarge

Hamilton lamented the shackling of his racing instinct to a holding pattern for 78 laps necessitated by the impossibility of overtaking. Vettel followed suit with a pit stop on Lap 16 and retained a good margin over the Mercedes before Ricciardo made his single stop on Lap 17.

"At the moment, [Ricciardo] is pretty much the lead driver in that team so it's not a bad place to be". The display eventually came back, but the tyre problems persisted and it soon became clear that only a mistake from the vehicle in front would result in an overtaking opportunity. Before the half way, I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done.

"We knew we wouldn't be the quickest here, just did the best we could", Hamilton said.

"I think we had the pace but it was a tricky race".

Nevertheless, Vettel's power advantage was offset by tire struggles; Ricciardo scampered away in corners, and Vettel surged back on the straights and through the tunnel. Similarly, despite being six tenths off Mercedes' Bottas in qualifying, Force India's Esteban Ocon suddenly found himself at Bottas' gearbox with a chance to grab fifth, if the race offered the opportunity. Vettel is second with 96 points and Ricciardo is third with 72 points.

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