Hamilton sparks debate with 'boring' Monaco jibe

Sergio Cunningham
May 28, 2018

Hamilton, Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel all have two wins apiece this term but it is the Brit who leads the Drivers' Championship with 110 points. We lose the MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic) 17 or 18 laps into the race - that's two, two-and-a-half seconds a lap he's giving off.

Everything went pear shaped when Ricciardo radioed in to tell his team that his vehicle was losing power. I thought I was the only one.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest for Ferrari, while his fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas claimed fifth on the grid.

The win was redemption for Ricciardo, who was denied victory in the same race in 2016 when Red Bull stuffed up a pit stop and left him in second place.

"Daniel's a big part of our team and he's really the complete article now and I think you can hear his composure in the auto when something goes wrong", Horner said.

"So I think we probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little".

Fernando Alonso had been seventh before retiring his McLaren with transmission problems on lap 48.

Vettel made a promising start and put some pressure on Ricciardo as they headed for the first corner but the Australian held his position and kept control of the race from that point.

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Hamilton stopped as early as lap 12 and had to manage a set of ultrasofts for the remaining 66 laps.

Horner said the mechanics had done their best to get the auto fixed for qualifying, after Verstappen had hit the wall, but they then detected an oil leak which required further work. The display eventually came back, but the tyre problems persisted and it soon became clear that only a mistake from the auto in front would result in an overtaking opportunity.

On team radio earlier, the Briton said: "Thank God that's over".

We were just cruising around from lap six, literally cruising.

In the circumstances, Horner said Ricciardo's performance - in Red Bull's 250th race - was "unbelievable". "I'm pumped, it's been a good few days". We won Monaco so.it feels good.

There was more drama in the closing stages as Charles Leclerc smashed into the back of Brendon Hartley, putting both drivers out and leaving debris all over the track.

The incident left debris scattered across the braking zone, but the marshals were able to clear the pieces of carbon fibre under a virtual safety vehicle, meaning a full safety auto - which would have allowed Vettel to close on the back of Ricciardo - was not required.

As he usually does after a victory, Ricciardo took off his shoe, filled it with champagne and drank out of it.

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