Alonso: That was probably F1's dullest race ever

Daniel Ricciardo takes tense Monaco Grand Prix win on Red Bull’s 250th

Ricciardo's pole was his second in three years in the principality, the second of his career and also Red Bull's second of the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.

"Probably the most boring race ever in Formula 1".

Winning from pole position for the first time in his career, Ricciardo drove for almost two thirds of the race - some 50 laps - with a auto down on power due to problems that emerged on lap 28.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - who finished second, and is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, which pushed for the switch to more durable tyres - refused to talk about the issue.

"That is right up there with what Schumacher did in 1995 and this is payback for 2016". Schumacher won in Belgium in 1995 with a famously defensive drive on dry tyres in the wet.

"I don't think we'll be able to maintain that kind of rhythm in a circuit like Montreal", he said. "I'm pumped, it's been a good few days".

"The start went well and I was like I've pretty much done the hard part let's just finish this race and then I think lap 18 or something I exited one corner and I just felt pretty much no power compared to what I am used to".

And then he reported a loss of power.

"It's made even more frustrating by the fact that Fernando had driven a faultless race and, through no fault of his own, was forced to park the vehicle with a transmission problem on lap 53". "You just need to keep it smooth, keep focused". For lap after lap, he kept the gap.

Webber has rebuffed Vettel's claims that he would welcome Hamilton
Webber has rebuffed Vettel’s claims that he would welcome Hamilton

"Congratulations to Daniel. They've had the pace all weekend, we knew they would", Hamilton said. We don't all use eighth here, it's a short track but we were still down a lot. "Thanks to the team".

"This place bites and he got bit pretty hard in a session which doesn't really count for anything other than setting the auto up", Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner lamented when speaking to Channel 4.

Vettel said it had been a tricky race and "Daniel had the answer at all times". "I think it was quite boring without a safety vehicle or anything", he added.

One last twist came five laps from the end, when Leclerc, in 12th, suffered a front-left brake failure and piled into the back of Hartley's Toro Rosso at the Nouvelle Chicane. Kimi Raikkonen secured fourth, 0.695 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas in fifth, who in turn had Esteban Ocon not far behind him in sixth.

Verstappen ruined his entire weekend ahead of qualifying, crashing out of final practice, which meant he was unable to post a time.

Verstappen was continuing to make his way through the field and was up to 14th place after just eight laps.

Ricciardo had already smashed the all-time track record repeatedly in practice before qualifying in 1:10.810.

Nice driving up the hill by Nico Hulkenberg, allowed to pass into P8 by his team-mate Carlos Sainz under pressure from the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.




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