Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Monaco Grand Prix BLASTED by Lewis Hamilton as ‘least interesting’ race

Monaco Grand Prix BLASTED by Lewis Hamilton as ‘least interesting’ race

The Perth boy has celebrated his incredible Grand Prix win with an epic belly flop into a hotel surrounded by cheering teammates.

Red Bull reckon they will be on the pace in Montreal in two weeks too, so hopefully normal F1 service will be resumed in a six-way fight with great supporting acts.

Instead, a bigger problem presented itself on lap 28: Ricciardo reported he was "losing power" over team radio, which he confirmed after the race to be an MGU-K failure, worth 160 horsepower.

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The West Aussie kept his calm and carried on, easing off but knowing also the tight and twisty Monaco layout made it hard for anyone to pass unless he slowed dramatically.

He added: "I spoke to Prince Albert the other day and said maybe we should make it longer". "After 2016 got away and when the problem hit today I thought 'what the hell have I got to do to win this race?'".

Horner hoped Ricciardo, who has now won two races this year and is third in the overall standings, could be signed up "in the next couple of months" but recognised much would depend on what engine Red Bull had.

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It's clear that if Max Verstappen hadn't have started last, and if Ricciardo's race had been trouble free, such was the Red Bull's advantage in keeping the tyre surface largely intact in a very fast vehicle, they would have absolutely dominated the race. Hamilton finished third in Monaco, one spot behind Vettel, and now leads the German by 14 points, with Ricciardo 24 further back. "Towards the end I picked up again but at the restart I just didn't have much confidence in the tires and I lost quite a lot, otherwise it would have been nice to keep the pressure on until the end". I was going through the tires fairly quick.

Tyre performance was clearly the most telling factor as Ricciardo hung on grimly ahead of Vettel and a frustrated, grumbling Hamilton, who variously described his tyres as bald, grained and worse, but continued to close on the leading duo.

"All in all, Eric Boullier, said the damage cost "20 points of downforce, more or less - so half a second a lap". A fastest lap followed soon after.

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Verstappen continued to supply the thrills and climbed to ninth, when he passed Sainz under late braking by running over the kerbs at the chicane. Both men escaped unhurt. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 17.013, 4. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso) 24.331, 8. Would Max Verstappen do something rash? Ocon's finish propelled Force India to 6th place in the Constructors' Championship - 7 points ahead of Toro Rosso. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1:09.864, 12. Out went Nico Hulkenberg of Renault in 11th along with Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin of Williams, the impressive Monegasque Charles Leclerc for Sauber and Romain Grosjean of Haas.

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