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Monaco

Doubtful Daniel Masters Monaco

Having suffered reliability issues in the past, Daniel Ricciardo was doubtful about his chances in Monaco. Despite the odd threat, Daniel managed to master the streets and take victory in the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo started from pole position, which he achieved on Saturday with a record lap of 1:10.810 . His get away was impeccable and he expertly held of second place man Sebastian Vettel. Amazingly for Monaco, all 20 drivers got through turn 1 unscathed. There was a brief yellow flag later in Lap 1 due to contact between Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley.

The early laps saw endless heartache for Williams. First, Sergey Sirotkin received a 10 second Stop/Go penalty for not having the wheels firmly secured by the time the 3 minute start warning board was shown. He was investigated immediately after serving the penalty for apparent work on the car during the stop, but luckily no further action was taken. Then on Lap 10, Stroll entered the pits earlier than planned with a slow puncture gained during the Lap 1 contact with Hartley.

Ricciardo was the main focus of the race and led confidently. His chances were thrown into doubt when his Red Bull team delivered a spine chilling response to his radio message regarding a power failure and whether it would get better - 'Negative!'.

The final stage of the race saw Christian Horner and his team track Ricciardo's every move. Out on the track, Daniel professionally led the competition and guided his Red Bull to its first ever Monaco Grand Prix victory. This, Daniel's shoey and belly flop into the barge pool were the perfect addition to Red Bull's 250th Grand Prix celebrations.

 

Driver of the Day: Daniel Ricciardo

Result:

1 Daniel Ricciardo - 1:42:54

2 Sebastian Vettel

3 Lewis Hamilton

4 Kimi Raikkonen

5 Valtteri Bottas

6 Esteban Ocon

7 Pierre Gasly

8 Nico Hulkenberg

9 Max Verstappen

10 Carlos Sainz

11 Marcus Ericsson

12 Sergio Perez

13 Kevin Magnussen

14 Stoffel Vandoorne

15 Romain Grosjean

16 Sergey Sirotkin

17 Lance Stroll

18 Charles Leclerc     DNF

19 Brendon Hartley    DNF

20 Fernando Alonso   DNF