Hamilton slams boring Monaco race

Hope Soto
May 28, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest qualifying lap in the history of Monaco on Saturday, shaving more than a second off last year's pole time. Much of the race was dictated Daniel Ricciardo's wounded auto at the front, which had been down on power due to an MGU-K issue.

Winning from pole position for the first time in his career, Ricciardo drove for almost two thirds of the race - some 50 laps - with a vehicle down on power due to problems that emerged on lap 28. Lewis Hamilton put the lead Mercedes on third on the grid.

Ricciardo's issues meant that Vettel was able to close to within a second of the leader but was finding it hard to pass on a track where overtaking opportunities are notoriously rare.

"That is right up there with what Schumacher did in 1995 and this is payback for 2016".

The result means that Hamilton still tops the drivers' championship but sees his lead over Vettel cut to 14 points. Schumacher won in Belgium in 1995 with a famously defensive drive on dry tyres in the wet. "I'm going to have to work for it, but I'm ready to win", Ricciardo told reporters.

"I can't praise him enough for this victory, especially after 2016 when it was a disastrous race for him".

"I think I can show more emotion today than yesterday", Ricciardo (pictured diving into the swimming pool to celebrate at the Red Bull Energy Station) said of his first win in Monaco.

Webber has rebuffed Vettel's claims that he would welcome Hamilton
Webber has rebuffed Vettel’s claims that he would welcome Hamilton

And then he reported a loss of power. We had to survive with that problem all race.

And some people just can't keep away. For lap after lap, he kept the gap. The first stint was really tough - I'd started on the Ultrasoft and was looking to run longer than the Hypersoft runners, but I had too much degradation and couldn't manage it.

"We had problems. We had a lot to deal with during the race". I thought I was the only one. Thanks to the team, we got it back. We're delighted with pole but we should have had two cars up there.

Vettel said it had been a tricky race and "Daniel had the answer at all times".

"I think it was quite boring, without a Safety Car, without anything".

That was triggered by Sauber's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, the first local F1 driver in 24 years to compete on his home streets, having piled into the back of New Zealander Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso at the tunnel exit.

Vettel, whose team mate Kimi Raikkonen starts fourth and ahead of Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas, said Ricciardo had "owned" the qualifying session. Alonso claimed seventh for McLaren, behind Force India's Esteban Ocon and just in front of Renault's Carlos Sainz. And to prove how small the margins are at this circuit, it was that very same section of track where teammate Verstappen had his disastrous crash in final practice.

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