Hamilton leads attack on 'boring' Monaco

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 28, 2018

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.

Despite repeatedly warning his team that wasn't convinced the tyres would last to the end, he finally brought the auto home in third, 17 seconds behind race victor Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull vehicle before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth for Ferrari ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Ricciardo is confident with how Red Bull fared in the race simulations during second practice and is sure the majority of the teams will look to do a single stop in Sunday's race despite some of the issues faced on the hyper-softs on heavy fuel.

"Two years in the making and I finally feel redemption has arrived", Ricciardo said.

When asked whether the wider, higher downforce F1 cars are to blame for the lack of action, he said: "No, I think it's just Monaco".

From 10th on the grid, Pierre Gasly took seventh for Toro Rosso after Fernando Alonso's McLaren retired ahead of him with a gearbox issue on Lap 53. It also meant that Red Bull's bookended the grid, with Max Verstappen starting last.

After Ricciardo held off Vettel into the first corner, it seemed most of the hard work had been done.

It is shaping up to be an intriguing season, with Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton winning two races each.

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

Horner said the mechanics had done their best to get the vehicle fixed for qualifying, after Verstappen had hit the wall, but they then detected an oil leak which required further work. It was yet another mistake from the Kiwi in what is becoming a run of missed opportunities for the Le Mans victor. Ricciardo pointed out the issue to the pit garage, but Red Bull indicated that it wasn't something that could be fixed. Ricciardo said. "Thanks to the team we got it back".

Hamilton then went one step further after agreeing with a fan who described the Monaco Grand Prix as the "most boring race ever". So I'm stoked. There was a few doubts that came in midrace. "But we won Monaco", he said, laughing.

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.

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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