Monaco Grand Prix 2018.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the race of the year all the drivers dream of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born.
It was a smooth start and, given the difficulty of following closely, soon spread out to comfortable distances. Overtaking on the narrow streets of Monaco looked like a non-starter, with no-one inclined to try. Leading from pole position, Daniel Ricciardo established a gap over his competitors. He didn’t flinch when Lewis Hamilton made the first pitstop, but when Sebastian Vettel stopped from P2 on lap 16, Ricciardo responded on the very next lap.
Missing 160 of his normal 900+ racing horse-powers and lapping sometimes nine seconds behind his impressive pole position qualifying lap, Ricciardo went into emergency mode with the mental agility of a Heathrow air traffic controller lining up jets while learning to juggle, he led Red Bull to the chequered flag first.
Quite simply the perfect weekend for Daniel Ricciardo as he earned redemption for his 2016 heartbreak when a late pit stop error cost his certain victory and left him devastated. Monaco may be the most prestige race, but it can often be an uneventful race as a result of the tight nature of the track in the cramped Mediterranean principality, which makes overtaking harder than at any other Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso criticised the race saying it was “not really racing” and “the most boring race ever”, while Daniel Ricciardo labelled it his “best weekend and the most satisfying” as he managed to keep his injured Red Bull ahead for a massive 60 laps.
Despite the Australian’s serious power issue, scrambling desperately to escape the sight of Sebastien Vettel in his rear-view mirrors. Somehow, despite shredded tyres and a car that was at times 18 miles per hour slower than Vettel’s Ferrari on the straights, he grasped the win, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second place and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in third.
Behind the top three, Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Esteban Ocon (Force India) came home in their grid positions, fourth, fifth and sixth. Fernando Alonso looked like keeping the pattern going, but retired from seventh with a gearbox issue. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg finished eighth. Behind them, Carlos Sainz finished 10th, behind Max Verstappen Red Bull, who rose from 20th and last on the grid to finish ninth.
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