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Lewis Hamilton: Monaco Grand Prix 'wasn't really racing'

29 May, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Refreshing! Red Bull know how to celebrate in style.

Fortunately Ricciardo managed to fend off multiple challenges from Ferrari Sebastian Vettel who eventually crossed the line second some 7.3 seconds back.

A virtual safety vehicle period ensued, and Ricciardo was the main beneficiary as he emerged five seconds clear of Vettel with just three laps to go.

Alonso described it as "one of the best races" of his life given the issues he had to deal with, and BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson was able to highlight just how much damage Alonso drove with when he was given exclusive access to the Spanish driver's auto a few days after the race. "This was probably the best weekend of my career".

Lewis Hamilton leads the driver's championship on 110 points, with Vettel and Ricciardo in second and third.

"I think I can show more emotion today than yesterday", Ricciardo said. Daniel had the answers at all times.

Hamilton made an audacious move by pitting for new tires several laps before his rivals, but was anxious they would wear out by the end.

"It wasn't where I wanted to finish, looking back on the whole weekend with the performance of the vehicle". Vettel is second with 96 points and Ricciardo is third with 72 points.

There was some late drama when Monaco-born Charles Leclerc crashed into the back of the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley which led to the deployment of the virtual safety vehicle. It happened too late to influence the race. Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole position previous year, had to settle for fourth place, just 0.034s off Hamilton and 0.175s clear of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. It also meant that Red Bull's bookended the grid, with Max Verstappen starting last. If Verstappen is a definite long-term investment that will yield World Championships, Ricciardo's short-medium term potential is definitely something the team can't ignore.

Hamilton's lead was trimmed from 17 to 14 points in the title race.

It also felt like payback time.

He drove like a man on a mission.

"I said to Prince Albert the other day maybe it's time to make [the circuit] longer". Vettel managed to stay on Ricciardo's tail for most the race. Between this and the Renault engine's power surfeit, at least 50 horsepower according to preseason reports, the engine output gap was likely in the neighborhood of 210 horsepower. The incident followed mistakes in each of the five previous races, leading a frustrated Horner to say Verstappen needed to "stop making these errors". "He is the complete article now". Not to be left out, chief designer Adrian Newey and team boss Christian Horner get in on the action.

"Will it get better", a desperate Ricciardo asked over the team radio.

Montreal's Lance Stroll finished 17th, two laps back.


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