So that’s that then, on an afternoon of karma for Daniel Ricciardo, whose dominance in qualifying and composure in holding the lead from the front despite power problems landed him a merited and overdue Monaco victory. Thanks for reading. And here’s Giles Richards’s race report. Bye.
How they stand
All this means Hamilton’s overall championship lead has been shaved by three points, but he’s still in a healthy position. Here’s how it looks:
1 Lewis Hamilton 110pts
2 Sebastian Vettel 96
3 Daniel Ricciardo 72
4 Valtteri Bottas 68
5 Kimi Raikkonen 60
6 Max Verstappen 35
7 Fernando Alonso 32
8 Nico Hulkenberg 26
9 Carlos Sainz Jr 20
10 Kevin Magnussen 19
And in the constructors:
1 Mercedes 178
2 Ferrari 176
3 Red Bull 107
4 Renault 46
5 McLaren 40
Ricciardo raises the trophy, fitting reward for a dominant performance all weekend. And Advance Australia Fair rings out.
Ricciardo speaks: “I think I can show more emotion than yesterday. It finally feels like redemption has arrived. We had a lot to deal with during the race. I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done, but we got home only using six gears. I’m stoked.”
Here’s Vettel: “It was a tricky race but I think Daniel had all the answers at the right time. I didn’t have much confidence in my tyres so I couldn’t push on”
An emotional Christian Horner roars at Ricciardo: “That’s unbelievable, that is payback for what happened in 2016.”
This is how they finished anyway:
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lewis Hamilton
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Valtteri Bottas
- Esteban Ocon
- Pierre Gasly
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Max Verstappen
- Carlos Sainz
- Marcus Ericsson
- Sergio Perez
- Kevin Magnussen
- Stoffel Vandoorne
- Romain Grosjean
- Sergey Sirotkin
- Lance Stroll
“Amazing, I don’t know how you did that Daniel,” the Australian is told through his radio. His one-word reply: “Redemption.” He’s won by 7.3seconds – banishing the demons of 2016, not to say some worrying power problems from early on in this race. Which all speaks volumes for his temperament. He’s the first Australian winner of this race since Mark Webber in 2012.
Daniel Ricciardo wins the Monaco Grand Prix!
Lap 78/78. Ricciardo sees the job through, everything falling for him in the closing stages. But a superbly composed drive considering his problems. Vettel takes second, Hamilton third, Raikkonen fourth, Bottas fifth.
Lap 77/78. Raikkonen looks as if he’s going to hold off Bottas in that fourth/fifth battle. Verstappen may have to settle for ninth. Ricciardo still leads, by 7.4secs, as they go into the final lap!
Lap 76/78. Vettel locks up at the turn but manages to take the corner but loses more ground on Ricciardo, who’s looking assured now. He’s two smooth laps away.
Lap 75/78. Vettel just couldn’t pick it up again when the virtual safety car ended and now Ricciardo has a five-second gap. He just needs to stay steady now, though how to deal with the lapped Vandoorne’s presence is something he needs to judge
Lap 74/78. The virtual safety car ends. Vandoorne, a lap back, has emerged from the pit lane between Ricciardo and Vettel, who’s struggling to retain pace and is now five seconds behind. It’s advantage to the Australian. Meanwhile, Bottas is challenging Raikkonen hard for fourth.
Lap 73/78. There’s a lot of debris out there on the right-hand side of the track. Vandoorne pits as the VSC is out, but none of the leading group have taken advantage. Ricciardo leads by 1.9secs
Lap 72/78. Leclerc crashes! The local driver slams into a barrier and is out of the race – and the virtual safety car is out! The leading group have already passed the puts though. The Monaco driver said his brakes failed. His car’s a wreck.
Lap 70/78. Ricciardo stretches his lead to 1.8sec, Vettel tries to respond but can’t cut that gap. The lead’s 1.6sec
Lap 69/78. Ricciardo stretches his lead again, moving to 1.6sec in front of Vettel. His team tell the Australian leader he’s “doing a great job”. No more traffic for this race, he’s assured.
Lap 68/78. Hamilton had been complaining about not being able to match the pace of the top two, and he’s now drifted to almost five seconds off the lead. Ricciardo leads by 1.3sec. Bottas’s challenge has faded, meanwhile, and he’s now under pressure in fifth, with Ocon gaining ground on him.
Lap 67/78. Ricciardo still digging in there, just over a second ahead of Vettel
Lap 66/78. So here’s how they stand as enter the last 12 laps: 1 Ricciardo, 2 Vettel, 3 Hamilton, 4 Raikkonen, 5 Bottas, 6 Ocon, 7 Gasly, 8 Hulkenburg, 9 Verstappen, 10 Sainz
Lap 64/78. Verstappen is on the charge again, in ninth, but with Hulkenburg and Gasly now in his sights. This battle for the lower points is almost the best part of the race. Ricciardo leads by 1.03sec.
Lap 63/78. Hamilton looks as if he’ll have to yield some championship points to Vettel – no sign of a major move from him – as Ricciardo stretches his lead slightly to around 1.4sec. This’ll be some win if he can hold on.
Lap 62/78. Gasly in seventh is now under attack from Hulkenburg – the pace of the middle runners is likely to limit the front-runners to one stop only. Ricciardo leads by 0.9sec
Lap 61/78. The top seven are so close together, timewise, but it’s not obvious where the major moves are going to come from. It’s cagey but intriguing.
Lap 60/78. If Hamilton were to pit now, he’d fall behind not only Raikkonen and Bottas but also Ocon. Looks like a missed chance. The Briton is 2..6sec behind Vettel in second.
Lap 59/78. Seven seconds separate the top five, though Vettel is complaining about gear problems. Ricciardo leads by 1.09sec. Hamilton is third, Raikkonen fourth and Bottas fifth.
Lap 57/78. Gripping stuff as Verstappen attacks Gasly again, nagging away at him and eventually gets past him at the chicane. Did he stay on the track there? Did Sainz a few moments earlier when holding him off? They’ll have to check that. Verstappen is now ninth.
Lap 56/78. Verstappen is still intent on taking on Sainz but can’t manage the overtake and remains tenth. Out in front, Ricciardo leads from Vettel, who makes ground along the pit straight but the Australian is still holding him off, leading by around 1.2sec
Lap 55/78. Hulkenburg passes his team-mate Sainz, who in turn does very well to hold off an attack from Verstappen. Teamwork there from the Renaults.
Lap 54/78. No overtaking permitted as officials deal with Alonso’s mishap and retirement. Ricciardo’s lead is cut to 0.9sec
Lap 53/78. Alonso is complaining about power problems, and Gasly exploits this and passes him to seventh. And ALONSO IS OUT. There’s smoke coming from his front left tyre.
Lap 52/78. Gasly, in eighth, is producing an assertive performance and he attempts a move on Alonso, who just holds him off. Sainz and Hulkenburg behind him make up the top 10, with Verstappen in 11th. Ricciardo leads by 1.1sec.
Lap 51/78. Hulkenburg emerges from the pits in 10th, ahead of Verstappen, as Vettel continues to hunt Ricciardo, as the track begins to look grubbier, with bits of tyre rubber about the place.
Lap 50/78. Ricciardo is encouraged by his team – “what you’re doing now is good” – but no promise of technical support is possible. He leads by 1.2sec from Vettel, who’s edging closer and within DRS range. Hulkenburg pits at last, as Sorotkin pits a second time.
Lap 48/78. How will Verstappen progress now on the supersofts? Will it encourage the front-runners to ponder another stop? At the moment Ricciardo still leads by 1.2sec, with Hamilton 1.5sec further back behind Vettel
Lap 47/78. Ricciardo maintains his lead at around the 1.5sec mark. Hamilton is another 1.5sec back. As Verstappen comes into the pits at last, 48 laps in. It’s a very slick swift change. He comes out in 11th.
Lap 46/78. Only eight seconds separate the top five, 46 laps into the race. This is getting mightily tense, but Ricciardo’s managing this race very well considering his power problems.
Lap 44/78. Ricciardo is doing a good, necessarily cautious job here out front. Vettel is now 1.7sec behind him and 1.1sec ahead of Hamilton. All these gaps are bridgeable but are the cars up to it?
Lap 43/78. Bit of a battle between Gasly and Verstappen in 10th and ninth respectively, the latter still yet to pit. Gasly’s tyres in good shape, making him tempted by a move but he’s still 10th. Ricciardo still leasd, by 1.26sec
Lap 42/78. Hamilton really isn’t happy with his car, taking corners gingerly and generally struggling to make an impact. He’s still third, but not optimistic about gaining positions. Though his rivals aren’t having a great time of it either.
Lap 41/78. So to recap, Ricciardo leads from Vettel with Hamilton third, Raikkonen fourth, Bottas fifth, Hulkenburg sixth, Ocon seventh, Alonso eighth, Verstappen ninth and Gasly 10th
Lap 39/78. The Bottas/Raikkonen battle of the Fins is nip and tuck, with Bottas edging closer to his compatriot by not quite finding the space for an overtake at this point. Hamilton says he “can’t believe these tyres are going to go 44 laps”.
Lap 38/78. Alonso, Leclerc, Ocon and Bottas are all now on the supersofts. How decisive will that be? At the moment, Stroll in last is moving faster than Ricciardo in first.
Lap 37/78. For all the technical problems and penalties, no one has pulled out of this race yet, which is unusual indeed for Monaco. Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen all look like they might need to pit again. Gasly pits from sixth, changes to supersofts and re-emerges in 10th.
Lap 36/78. Stroll stalls, limping into the pits again. His nightmare race continues. Up front, Bottas continues to look the most comfortable of the leading group, though he’s still back in fifth.
Lap 35/78. Ricciardo is advised against high revs and gear shifts during what is becoming a gritty defensive drive from the front. He’s aided by Vettel dropping back to 1.7sec behind him in second. Hamilton remains third, seven seconds back. He doesn’t sound happy either.
Lap 34/78. Nico Rosberg in the commentary box says Ricciardo “does not deserve what’s going on out there – this is going to be so difficult for him mentally here, but we’ve got an exciting race on our hands now”. Vettel’s tyre problem continues to hold him back. The middle runners are going faster than the front-runners at the moment.
Lap 33/78. Vettel’s front left tyre is also causing him problems – this is really a battle of the driving-wounded, as it were, here. The German can’t make a decisive move on the power-depleted Ricciardo.
Lap 32/78. Bottas is looking the most comfortable of the top five, on what has turned out to be the most useful tyres. The others have complaints about tyres too. Red Bull are still looking into what Ricciardo’s power problems exactly are. It’s not looking promising for him but he still leads.
Lap 31/78. Ricciardo is told “Daniel you’re doing a really good job mate, I know it’s tough” before the sting in the tale “sorry, you’re going to have put up with this till the end of the race.” He still leads from Vettel and Hamilton.
Lap 30/78. Ricciardo was 30kmph slower than Vettel across the start-finish time in that last lap, and the Australian complains: “I’ve got no power though.” The lead is back up to just over a second though.
Lap 29/78. Ricciardo is really struggling now, and it shows in the tunnel as Vettel’s Ferrari closes on him, but isn’t quite within reach to make his move in the DRS zone. The lead is 0.8sec
Lap 28/78. Ricciardo is complaining about losing power. His lead is down to barely over a second.
Lap 27/78. Gasly in sixth, Hulkenburg in seventh and Verstappen in 10th are the only drivers not to have pitted. If we get the safety car at some point, that’ll please them.
Lap 26/78. Verstappen reports some tyre problems, a concern after a peerless drive so far. He’s told no action is required by his team. Ricciardo leads by 1.28sec from Vettel. Hamilton is third, Raikkonen fourth, Bottas fifth
Lap 24/78. Verstappen, who still hasn’t pitted, continues to make progress, advancing into 10th. Ricciardo still leads by 2.1sec from Vettel with Hamilton third.
Lap 23/78. Bottas cruises past Ocon into fifth, meanwhile Hartley receives a five-second time penalty. And Ocon pits.
Lap 22/78. Perez had a problem in the pits, which has cost him 2.5secs. He’s back in seventh, as Ricciardo preserves his lead, somewhat cautiously at the moment, and it’s been whittled down to 1.6sec by Vettel now.
Lap 21/78. Bottas is making decent progress in his super-softs, having pitted on lap 17. He’s in sixth at present. Ricciardo’s lead is down to 2.27sec.
Lap 20/78. Verstappen moves up to 12th but Vandoorne holds him off, aiding his team-mate Alonso further up. Vandoorne pits.
Lap 18/78. All this early pitting casts into doubt expectations this would be a one-stop race. Ricciardo is struggling to regain his earlier pace since changing. His lead’s down to 2.9sec from Vettel, who’s six ahead of Hamilton in third.
Lap 17/78. Ricciardo is into the pits, as is Raikkonen, so Ricciardo preserves his lead. Vettel is back in second and Hamilton third. It’s as you were at the start again.
Lap 16/78. Vettel pits and changes front tyres to ultra-soft, and re-emerges in third, behind Raikkonen but ahead of Bottas. That was a smart change.
Lap 15/78. Leclerc goes into the pits, as out front Ricciardo leads by more than four seconds from Vettel in second, with Raikkonen now third. Hamilton in fifth has Bottas ahead of him in his sights. Verstappen is up another place to 13th. There was some debris in turn six – possibly from where Stroll had a bump with Ericsson and sustained his puncture.
Lap 13/78. Ricciardo steps up the pace, leading now by 2.8sec, as Vettel is advised to stay out for now. Hartley pits. Hamilton passes Ocon to move back into the top five. And he can go to the end on these tyres.
Lap 12/78. Hamilton pits! Moving to ultra-soft tyres, and gets out just behind Ocon in sixth place, ahead of Alonso in seventh. How will Red Bull respond? Meanwhile, Sorotkin’s under investigation again for the team working on his car
Lap 11/78. Vandoorne, Leclerc and Verstappen lap the ailing Stroll. Ricciardo leads by 1.79sec from Vettel, who’s 3.8sec ahead of Hamilton, who’s made no real move so far.
Lap 10/78. Stroll goes into the pits as Williams grapples with more misery, he switches to super-softs but he’s back in 20th, one behind his penalised team-mate Sirotkin. Ricciardo leads by 1.8sec from Vettel.
Lap 9/78. Watching Verstappen is the game at the moment – he gets up close to local boy Leclerc in front of him, but opts not to overtake at this point. The pace up the front has not increased, with Ricciardo still leads. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll has a puncture – he’s in big trouble here.
Lap 8/78. Hulkenburg’s been heard complaining about the now slower than anticipated pace of the race. Ricciardo still leads by 1.7sec from Vettel. Verstappen moves up another place to 14th – he’s passed six cars in eight laps.
Lap 7/78. Hamilton appears dissatisfied with his front right tyre – he’s more than two seconds behind Vettel. Verstappen tries to pass Stroll on the straight and succeeds. On he charges. Ricciardo still leads.
Lap 6/78. Sorotokin has been given a ten-second stop-go penalty. That’s a harsh blow, effectively a half a minute penalty. Ricciardo still leads by 1.557sec
Lap 5/78. Verstappen cuts inside Ericsson deftly at a sharp bend to move up another place. He’s driving well from the back. It’s confirmed that Sorotkin is under investigation for his wheel not being fitted in time, which leaves him at risk of a five-second penalty.
Lap 4/78. No changes at all in the top 10 yet, with Ricciardo still holding his lead at around the 1.3sec mark, Hamilton is a further 1.6sec behind Vettel.
Lap 3/78. They’re expecting the leaders’ hypersofts to last 15 laps as Ricciardo extends his lead to 1.45secs. Verstappen has made up two places to move into 18th, but we’re already seeing how tricky overtaking is. Hamilton reckons Ricciardo is “babysitting his tyres out front”
Lap 2/78. Ricciardo has a lead of +1.3sec from Vettel in second, Hamilton still in third. It’s a fair old pace. The top three look quite comfortably clear at the moment.
Lap 1/78. Ricciardo does what he needs to do at the first turn to hold off Vettel, Verstappen passes two at the back already. Hartley loses his front wing as Stroll tries to pass him in 15th
Away they go.
Sergey Sorotkin has a problem before the start, his wheels and tyres weren’t fitted three minutes before lights out, so he could be in trouble for that.
Toto Wolff says the most important thing for Hamilton is a “good getaway and good result from turn one”, and is making a podium place the main aim today.
Max Verstappen, starting at the back, is asked by Brundle whether he’ll attack from the off but responds that his aim is to “just finish the race, that’s the most important thing”. Anyway, the anthem is done. and we’re almost ready.
Martin Brundle begins his gridwalk, with three-time Monaco winner Nico Rosberg alongside him. Rosberg predicts a one-stop race with a change to ultra tyres at it. In gender-politics news, there’s grid girls and grid boys here, which feels like a very F1 response. A slightly anxious looking Ross Brawn admits it’ll be challenging for Ricciardo out the front without Verstappen up there with him and admits “we will have to consider a change of approach for future grands prix”. No rain at present, by the way.
They’re off on their sighter laps now, ahead of the 78 demanding racing ones that await. The circuit’s looking lightning fast with these hyper-soft tyres. In celeb news, Hugh Grant has just rocked up, here with Ferrari.
Ricciardo makes his way towards his car, wearing a confident grin. He is, of course, without a team-mate up front with him today due to Max Verstappen’s crash in practice. Rain appears to have stopped, for now.
There had been some pre-race muttering about Ferrari’s engines, with some rivals claiming the Italian team had found a way around electrical energy restrictions with a battery system they believed to be illegal, but the FIA has declared itself satisfied.
Weather report: some spots of rain about, which could put cat among pigeons, though the forecast is better for later. Might all that favour Hamilton? Talking of which, he’s recalling past victories in Monaco on Sky’s coverage, including champagne celebrations with P-Diddy, as you do.
Giles Richards had an enjoyable chinwag with Mika Hakkinen, “relaxing on a yacht” natch, about his memorable triumph here in 1998 and the magic of Monaco:
Afternoon everyone. So this glamour-drenched sporting weekend moves on to its most opulent – nay, decadent – showpiece event: the Monaco Grand Prix. The sun, the sea, the random apparently-interested celebrities. More than anything though, there’s serious racing to be done. Daniel Ricciardo may never get a better chance to atone for his 2016 misfortune on this circuit than the one he has carved out for himself this weekend. An imperious drive in qualifying has given him a commanding pole, and this race is his to squander.
Ricciardo will have Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in his mirrors though, poised to capitalise on any mis-steps on a street circuit where overtaking is always tricky. For Hamilton, half the battle will be keeping Vettel at bay in the overall standings, in which the British Mercedes driver leads his Ferrari rival by 17 points. Both have won twice here – Vettel last year and in 2011, Hamilton in 2016 and 2008, capitalising on the team error that scuppered Ricciardo.
Hamilton, and Mercedes, are by no means confident that their car is massively suited to Monaco’s winding twisting track. All the top 10 drivers are expected to start on Pirelli’s new hyper-soft tyres for what is likely to be a one-stop race.
Here’s how they line up on the grid:
1 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari1:11.039, 3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 6 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 7 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 8 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 9 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 10 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 11 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 12 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 13 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 14 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 15 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 16 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 18 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 19 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:13.393 20 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull No Time
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