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Ricciardo takes maiden Monaco F1 GP despite car troubles

Ricciardo takes maiden Monaco F1 GP despite car troubles
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The 2018 Monaco F1 GP turned out to have the ideal ending that Daniel Ricciardo worked for all weekend – getting his maiden Monaco title ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, while Verstappen set a new lap record to compensate for his misfortunes.

The hallowed track around Monte Carlo is known for its lack of overtaking chances and this race followed form – Daniel Ricciardo had managed to throw in the best qualifying performance, placing him ideally for the race on P1 with the inner line to the first corner. This put Vettel’s Ferrari to the left of him and Hamilton’s Mercedes behind him, with Raikkonen making up the second row. However the other Red Bull of team mate Max Verstappen was relegated to the rear of the grid, with damage from a crash during free practice putting paid to any attempt to qualify.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer leads the field at the start during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The start saw the top order keep their positions while the rear was a lot more chaotic. Both Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg in his Renault had opted for the ultrasoft tyres which allowed them to push hard for longer into the race, with valuable places being made up.

The top order went through a flux as first Hamilton pitted, taking on the ultrasofts that would last him through to the end. He was followed in by Vettel and then Ricciardo, who managed to undo the jinx of 2016 by rejoining ahead of Vettel, making up the lead order that was to stay to the end of the race.

The race wasn’t incident free – Lance Stroll suffered brake failure at the critical entry to the chicane after the tunnel and rammed into the rear of Brendan Hartley’s Toro Rosso.

For a time, it looked like Ricciardo’s Monaco jinx was back as he declared on the radio that he was losing power, with the issue being tracked to the MGU-K unit. This found Vettel closing up and breathing on Ricciardo’s tail until the Stroll incident brought out the virtual safety car. Once that cleared up, it looked like Vettel was paying more attention to preserving his tyres than attempting any overtaking manouevres and that helped Ricciardo stay ahead to take the race ahead of Vettel and Hamilton, with Hamilton’s championship lead over Vettel being whittled down a bit.

Raikkonen came in fourth, ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon’s Force India.

Ricciardo was effusive after the race, “Wow, it still hasn’t sunk in. It was a perfect weekend but a crazy race. It’s such a long week and because I get so excited for this race, I find it hard to control myself and I just couldn’t wait for the lights to go out today. The start went well and I thought, I’ve pretty much done the hard part so let’s just finish this race. Then on lap 28 I exited a corner and felt like I pretty much had no power. When it was clear that it was an MGU-K issue I wanted to close my eyes and start crying as I thought the race was over and I wondered just what I have to do to win here. I spoke with my engineer on the radio and we changed a lot of things that didn’t fix the problem but we just had to survive with the problem and keep Seb behind. We had a lot less power, fortunately, it’s a tight track and we had a good car so I could make up enough time in the corners not to be vulnerable on the straights. On any other circuit, there was no way I would have won today.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Red Bull Racing362368
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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