F1: Monaco GP, Red Bull’s Riccardo 1st, Ferrari’s Vettel 2nd Start to Finish
Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo took the Chequered Flag at the Monaco Grand Prix as he led from start to finish to winning this jewel race for the 1st.
The Aussie ‘Hot Shoe’ reported a loss of power early on but managed to bring his car home in 1st place ahead of Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel, who finished 2nd, with MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton coming 3rd.
Mr. Ricciardo was told by his race engineer the problem would not improve, with the Australian left to to cope with his car with still over half of the race left to run.
Mr. Ricciardo’s issues meant that Mr. Vettel was able to close to within a sec of the leader, but found it difficult to pass on the narrow street circuit where overtaking opportunities are rare.
Mr. Hamilton still Tops the drivers’ championship, but saw his lead over Mr. Vettel cut to 14 points.
F1 showed the official final result:
Pole-sitter Ricciardo got off to a clean start and maintained his lead ahead of Messers Vettel and Hamilton throughout the day.
M. Hamilton complained the race pace in the early laps was too slow. Though record lap time were put in during the race
The MercedesAMG lead driver pitted early, going in on Lap 12, which dropped him from 3rd to 6th. It was a move that did not pay off as Mr. Vettel pitted 4 laps later and came back out in front of his championship rival.
There was a bit of drama late in the race as Charles Leclerc crashed the back of Brendon Hartley, putting both drivers out and leaving debris all over the track, bringing out the virtual safety car.
A virtual safety car frame ensued, and Mr. Ricciardo was the Key beneficiary as he emerged 5 secs clear of Mr. Vettel with 3 (7km) laps to go.
That allowed Mr. Ricciardo to take the Chequered Flag to claim his 2nd win of the season.
It was a terrific performance from the Australian, who dominated at weekend in Monaco. It also puts him in the drivers’ championship run, as he moves into 3rd place on 72 points.
Here are the race highlights.
Have a terrific Memorial Day weekend.