Daniel Ricciardo claims Monaco Grand Prix after scare

Last Updated May 27 2018, 18:55Formula 1
Celebration time for Daniel Riccardio
Celebration time for Daniel Riccardio

Daniel Ricciardo nursed his wounded Red Bull over the line to win the Monaco Grand Prix and claim his second victory of the Formula One campaign.

The Podium

1st Daniel Ricciardo

2nd Sebastian Vettel

3rd Lewis Hamilton

In brief

Daniel Ricciardo nursed his wounded Red Bull over the line to win the Monaco Grand Prix and claim his second victory of the Formula One campaign.

Ricciardo was down on power for the majority of the sport's most famous race by the Mediterranean, but he bravely held off the challenge from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag.

Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points. Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth with Valtteri Bottas fifth for Mercedes.

Full classifications

Final Positions after Race (78 Laps): 1 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1hr 42mins 54.807secs, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:43:02.143, 3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:43:11.820, 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:43:12.934, 5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:43:13.629, 6 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:43:18.474, 7 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:43:19.138, 8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:43:19.646, 9 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:43:20.124, 10 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:44:03.820, 11 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:44:04.671, 12 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:44:05.268, 13 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:44:09.630, 14 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren at 1 Lap, 15 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 at 1 Lap, 16 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams at 1 Lap, 17 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams at 2 Laps

Not Classified: 18 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso 70 Laps completed, 19 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 70 Laps completed, 20 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 52 Laps completed

Fastest Lap: Max Verstappen 1min 14.260secs on Lap 60

Race report

Daniel Ricciardo nursed his wounded Red Bull over the line to win the Monaco Grand Prix and claim his second victory of the Formula One campaign.

Ricciardo was down on power for the majority of the sport's most famous race by the Mediterranean, but he bravely held off the challenge from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag.

Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points. Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth with Valtteri Bottas fifth for Mercedes.

Ricciardo has excelled at the principality this weekend, and on the basis of topping every practice and qualifying session before executing a perfect start and his one and only stop for tyres, looked destined to march to glory.

But trouble suddenly struck for the 28-year-old with 50 of this 78-lap marathon race remaining when he reported a loss of engine power.

Vettel was soon all over the back of Ricciardo's injured Red Bull, and there would be more alarming news to come for the Australian.

"Will it get better," a desperate Ricciardo asked over the team radio. "Negative, Daniel," came the gloomy response from his race engineer Simon Rennie.

Ricciardo was denied a certain victory at the principality two years ago when his team botched up a regulation pit stop, and his triumph hung in the balance for much of the two hours.

But for all of the tracks to nurse a power issue, Monte Carlo would be the venue of choice given its lack of straights, and that is virtually impossible to overtake.

And Ricciardo used all of his know-how and racecraft to keep Vettel at bay. The gap as the German crossed the line was more than seven seconds.

For defending champion Hamilton, it was an unusually quiet race. The Brit spent much of his outing grumbling about his tyres, but he will take comfort from losing only three points to Vettel given this is one of Mercedes' bogey tracks.

Ricciardo should have been joined on the podium by Max Verstappen, but Sunday's race was a case of damage limitation from the 20-year-old Dutchman after he started from last place following his practice crash.

Verstappen made an impressive, and crucially error-free start, progressing six places in the opening eight laps before making his way into the points shortly before the midway stage.

He would cross the line in ninth to recover some pride following his fifth major error in the six rounds this season here on Saturday.

There was some late drama when Monaco-born Charles Leclerc crashed into the back of the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley which led to the deployment of the virtual safety car.

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

Reaction

Ricciardo said: "I think I can show emotion today more than yesterday. This is two years in the making so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived.

"We had problems. We had a lot to deal with during the race. I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done. I got home just using six gears.

"There were a few doubts that came in mid-race but we won Monaco. It feels good."

Hamilton added: "It would have been nice to be second. I did everything I could. It was an interesting - or the least interesting - race."

World Championship Standings after Monaco Grand Prix

Drivers: 1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 110pts, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 96, 3 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 72, 4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 68, 5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 60, 6 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 35, 7 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 32, 8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 26, 9 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 20, 10 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 19, 11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 18, 12 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 17, 13 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 9, 14 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 9, 15 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 8, 16 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 4, 17 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 2, 18 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1, 19 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 0, 20 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 0

Manufacturers: 1 Mercedes GP 178pts, 2 Ferrari 156, 3 Red Bull 107, 4 Renault 46, 5 McLaren 40, 6 Force India 26, 7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 19, 8 Haas F1 19, 9 Sauber-Ferrari 11, 10 Williams 4

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