Alonso says Monaco GP

Alonso says Monaco GP "the most boring F1 race ever"

Darren Sullivan
May 28, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo brought back memories of Formula One great Michael Schumacher in his prime on Sunday as the Australian nursed a wounded Red Bull to Monaco Grand Prix victory in the team's 250th race.

Ricciardo's Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, who started last after crashing in Saturday's final practice, stayed out of trouble and stood out for the right reasons with impressive overtakes to finish ninth.

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

The Red Bull driver led from start to finish, but as early as Lap 19 suffered a loss of power from his energy recovery system that allowed Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari to close in on the back of his auto.

After battling with his auto for most of the race, that allowed Ricciardo to drive to the chequered flag with little pressure and claim his second win of the season.

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For the second time this year, Verstappen will be wondering what might have been after watching Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo win the race. "This is probably the most boring race ever". It was 'I've lost power, what do I do, give me some instructions, what can I play with here?' He worked it out. "I'm stoked. There were a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we've won Monaco - feels good, feels good".

After Ricciardo held off Vettel into the first corner, it seemed most of the hard work had been done. "We had the pace, it was a tricky race".

The Brit mentioned in Wednesday's press convention that he'd be "all the way down to race with whoever", however was equally hesitant to say he'd accomplice up with Vettel anytime quickly as a result of conflict of characters. "He's been quickest in every session; every qualifying piece and he's delivered two great laps that were capable of pole, so he's done an unbelievable job". He immediately fell into the clutches of Vettel, who went into full-on attack mode.

Hartley also made a decent start but picked up some damage at some point on the opening lap as the cars bunched up on the tight circuit. With both the race start and his pit stop going smoothly, Ricciardo should have been set for an easy victory, but within a lap he felt a loss of power as his car's MGU-K - the part of the hybrid system that supplies electrical energy to the rear wheels - cut out. It was yet another mistake from the Kiwi in what is becoming a run of missed opportunities for the Le Mans victor. Williams' driver Sergey Sirotkin will start 13th followed by Sauber's Charles LeClerc in 14th place.

Neither man could match the Australian's pace on the hypersoft tyres, with Vettel 0.229 seconds slower.