Daniel Ricciardo celebrates Monaco win in Red Bull's pool... with SSN!

"They were telling me on the intercom that we were going to have to retire the auto in one or two laps and I said look, we're in the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix, we're keeping going".

"From two years ago I feel we got some redemption now, we can put 2016 behind us", he added.

Red Bull's hopes of locking out the front row of the starting grid disappeared before qualifying had even started after the gearbox on Max Verstappen's vehicle was changed following a crash in final practice. "Hence why it felt like a very long race but obviously we got it home".

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel lapped the street circuit in 1m11.039s, 0.229s behind Ricciardo; while Lewis Hamilton, who seemed to be in close contention against Ricciardo at one point, lost time in the final stages of Q3 and finished within half a second of the Red Bull behind Vettel.

Fernando Alonso had to retire his McLaren when his gear box began smoking, but the yellow flags waving while they got him out of the way stopped any overtaking and brought the speed down for a bit; and then a virtual safety auto five laps from the end, after Charles Leclerc shunted Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso, meant Ricciardo's lead was protected for just a little bit longer.

For the second time this year, Verstappen will be wondering what might have been after watching Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo win the race.

Fernando Alonso: "It was quite a boring race: I was cruising around in seventh position as there were barely any yellow flags or Safety Cars".

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Stoffel Vandoorne: "This was a disappointing race for me".

"Obviously I had a lot less power so that was the obvious thing, but then, yeah, the rear brakes got really hot so I went I think six or seven percent forwards with the brake balance". 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 immediately fell into the clutches of Vettel, who went into full-on attack mode.

Hamilton stopped as early as lap 12 and had to manage a set of ultrasofts for the remaining 66 laps.

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

"A tough old race out there", Hartley said.

The Brit knows he is in a much better place than he was at this time last season, as he has the lead in the title race.

Drivers were lapping several seconds off the pace as they managed tyres to ensure they were able to do only one pit stop. "I've done everything I can so far, let's finish this job tomorrow". If they want to push, we need to produce more consistent tyres, less sensitive to overheating, so that they can push.

  • Jacqueline Ellis