Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix

As he usually does after a victory, Ricciardo took off his shoe and drank champagne out of it. Adrian Newey, the team's chief technical officer, also gulped some down albeit while cautiously pinching his nose. "You have done an incredible job there - you are our hero!", said team chief Christian Horner, who revealed that Ricciardo had lost a potential two seconds a lap when an engine part failed.

"We had problems - I don't know how much the radio broadcast - but we had a lot to deal with during the race".

"Two years in the making and I finally feel redemption has arrived", Ricciardo said. "Of course not on every track we can show that potential because of the deficit on the straight but it's good to know we have a good vehicle". I felt power loss and I thought the race was done.

Lewis Hamilton said the drivers were "cruising around from lap six", and not really competing in the general GP manner.

It was also a bad day for his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was beaten to second by Sebastian Vettel, who narrowed the championship gap to 14 points.

That said, the Briton, who is now engaged in his own contract negotiations with Mercedes, expects him to earn much more in future.

Ricciardo was down on power for much of the race after engine gremlins struck with 50 laps still remaining.

His hazy eyes may have been the flawless cover for him finishing fifth behind victor Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in what was a pretty slow paced and uneventful race. "We knew that would be the case".

Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo
Future teammates? Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

'This was probably the most boring race ever, ' Alonso, who retired in the closing stages, said.

Having missed qualifying because his auto could not be repaired in time following his FP3 shunt, Verstappen then had to watch on as team mate Daniel Ricciardo captured pole.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth in the second Ferrari ahead of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Esteban Ocon, who was sixth for Force India.

The 20-year-old Dutch driver will start from last place. The Red Bull Racing prodigy, who has committed 6 errors out of 6 races this season, started last after a crash in Free Practice 3 that made his auto irreparable for qualifying.

Hamilton pitted after 12 of the 78 laps to take a set of ultra-soft tyres that he had to preserve to the finish.

Ricciardo was asked if he was relieved that he does not need to overtake Verstappen on Sunday.

Despite the loss of power, Ricciardo maintained a one-second lead over the Ferrari for the majority of the race - safe in the knowledge that the auto behind requires a significant pace advantage to make an overtaking move stick at Monaco.

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