Daniel Ricciardo battles auto issues to secure Monaco victory

Daniel Ricciardo battles auto issues to secure Monaco victory

Daniel Ricciardo battles auto issues to secure Monaco victory

The crash called for a virtual safety auto, making Monaco the seventh straight Grand Prix in the 2018 season to see either a safety vehicle or its virtual counterpart, but the condition was rapidly lifted, disappearing on lap 74 as lapped Stoffel Vandoorne exited the pit lane on hypersoft tires, directly between Ricciardo and Vettel, a secondary obstacle, adding further dirty air to Vettel's woes. "Starting last I got two places from the start which was good".

The second Red Bull of Max Verstappen used a similar strategy to go from last on the grid to ninth at the finish, but he will still be ruing his accident in final practice, which damaged his vehicle beyond fix ahead of qualifying and forced him to start from the back of the grid.

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

The Australian reported a loss of power early on but managed to bring his auto home in first place ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in third.

Ricciardo had made a clean start and, controlling the race, looked as much of a nailed-on certainty for victory as ever exists on Monaco's treacherous metal-fenced streets.

Craig Slater takes a dip in the Red Bull pool courtesy of Christian Horner, closely followed by race victor Daniel Ricciardo.

A largely processional race - "boring" according to Hamilton, who said he would "have been asleep on the couch" if watching at home - saw a virtual safety vehicle needed in the closing laps. 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 think it's just Monaco, it's the way it is". Stroll would soon develop a puncture as a result of contact with Ericsson, and the Ricciardo-Vettel parade would have to dodge him on lap 10. He was a bit stronger, we couldn't follow, and I was going through the tyres a bit quicker. He tried without success through the rest of the race. 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.

Starting from 12th position, Stoffel always faced a hard afternoon.

The 20-year-old Dutch driver will start Sunday's race from last place. "I was holding ground and I was catching Carlos [Sainz] at the end but I think Charles had a brake failure at the end".

Drivers were lapping several seconds off the pace as they managed tyres to ensure they were able to do only one pit stop.

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