Connect with us

2018 F1

Ricciardo survives engine trouble to win Monaco GP

Published

on

After capturing the essence of the whole weekend, Daniel Ricciardo won the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, claiming the first win of his career from pole position. The Australian becomes the third driver from his country to win in Monte Carlo after Jack Brabham in 1959, and Mark Webber in 2012. Finishing behind the Red Bull Racing driver were Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second place and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in third place.

Leading from the start and keeping his cool through the tight and tricky street circuit, Ricciardo controlled the race for 78 laps in a wounded Red Bull Racing car, which was troubled with power and battery issues. For Ricciardo, this win is like a redemption from 2016, where he had claimed pole position but lost the race due to no fault of his own. Speaking after the race he said ‘This feels like redemption for two years ago. I can finally put 2016 behind me.’

The Ferraris and Mercedes played their own cat and mouse game, and were prepared not to win this weekend, but make the best of it with what they had. While Vettel and Hamilton battled it for second place, the two Finns Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas battled it for fourth place, with the Ferraris prevailing in both battles. At Monaco, with overtaking being close to impossible, it is critical to have a proper qualifying session, as that is half the battle won, therefore grid position determined most of the outcome in the race aided with effective tyre strategies.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon who finished in sixth place, the same as where he started. The Frenchman was followed by Pierre Gasly who started 10th but finished seventh, and Nico Hulkenberg, who started 11th and finished eighth.

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen who started 20th from the back of the grid end up finishing the race after some risky overtakes while battling the two Renault’s of Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz.

Around lap 53, Hulkenberg who was running sixth pit for a fresh set of hyper-soft tyres, and dropped down to tenth, with his team-mate Sainz ahead of him. Verstappen who had pit slightly earlier to fresher tyres had dropped down to 11th at a place behind him. While the three were within DRS range of each other, Renault asked Sainz to let his team-mate pass, and block Verstappen, which the Spaniard executed smoothly at lap 55.

In the next few laps Sainz himself became a target to Verstappen, where the Dutch two moves on him, with the second one involving cutting the chicane. With Sainz tyres being old, the Spaniard tried fighting back for his position, but eventually had to settle for a tenth-place finish.

Overall the race did not have many incidents, apart from a crash between Charles Leclerc and Brendon Hartley. The Monegasque driver failed to complete his home race when he crashed into the rear of Toro Rosso at the Nouvelle chicane, in a desperate attempt to overtake which was blocked by some late-braking by Hartley.

The result of the clash was a high impact contact that caused severe damage to both cars, causing retirements for both. Contrary to what most expected, the incident only lead to a Virtual Safety Car at lap 68 instead of a Safety Car period, which was anticipated by some so that they could change tyres. The teams were almost ready with their mechanics out, if such a situation had to arise.

Apart from Hartley and Leclerc, the other retirement was that of Fernando Alonso who was running sixth in the race and had to pull out of the race, due to a gearbox failure. At a race were McLaren were optimistic of collecting a handful of points, this result was a disappointment. The Spaniard’s team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne did not manage to finish in the points either and was lapped by Ricciardo and finished 14th.

Ricciardo’s race win is a boost for him and the team, but ideally it was a weekend Mercedes and Ferrari were ready to throw away, witnessing Red Bull Racing’s strong form all weekend long. So, after the current lead the gap between Hamilton and Vettel is reduced to three points in the Drivers’ standings. In the Constructor’s Mercedes currently lead Ferrari by 22 points.

The next race will be the Canadian Grand Prix held at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, on the weekend spanning from June 8-10, 2018.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F13 hours ago

Max made brilliant P2, what a drive from P18 – Red Bull

Max Verstappen took a remarkable drive to second from 18th place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix,...

2018 F14 hours ago

Magnussen facing disqualification from US Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen is facing disqualification from United States Grand Prix after it was detected that the Haas speedy exceeded the...

2018 F14 hours ago

Raikkonen troll Hamilton after US Grand Prix win?

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen and second podium finisher Max Verstappen, both asked Lewis Hamilton whether he had still become the...

2018 F16 hours ago

Raikkonen wins his first race in 2044 days by claiming US GP

Ferrari speedy Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix. Its ends his 113-race wait for a top podium. Lewis Hamilton finish...

2018 F111 hours ago

How can Lewis Hamilton win the fifth F1 title at the US Grand Prix

Mercedes speedy Lewis Hamilton took a big step near to sealing his fifth F1 world title after securing his Mercedes...

2018 F112 hours ago

Verstappen quiet over female-only series

Max Verstappen is keeping his mouth shut about the new female-only open wheeler category. When the ‘W Series’ concept was...

2018 F114 hours ago

The Grid: Starting line-up for 2018 US Grand Prix

Defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton secures the pole position at the U.S. Grand Prix with his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel...

2018 F115 hours ago

No Indycar season for McLaren, Alonso in 2019

McLaren has decided against entering a full-time team in the Indycar series for 2019. It coincides with related news that...

2018 F116 hours ago

Kubica not waiting long for Williams F1 decision

Robert Kubica has repeated his claim that he will not wait too long for Williams to make its decision about...

2018 F118 hours ago

Raikkonen move means ‘Sauber is now Ferrari’ – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has applauded Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Sauber. Raikkonen, 39, surprised the F1 world by signing up with the...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media