F1 2018: Monaco GP Driver Ratings - Ricciardo top, Verstappen impresses and more


Redemption has finally arrived for Daniel Ricciardo as the Red Bull driver overcame a mid-race power loss to win the Monaco Grand Prix, two years after being cruelly denied victory in Formula One's crown jewel event.

For defending champion Hamilton, it was an unusually quiet race. "It was a flawless weekend but a insane race". Starting last I got two places from the start and from there onwards we just tried to get past. "I think towards the end I picked up again and at the restart I just didn't have much confidence in the tires so I lost quite a lot, otherwise it would've been nice to keep the pressure up until the end". "We had a lot less power, fortunately, it's a tight track and we had a good vehicle so I could make up enough time in the corners not to be vulnerable on the straights".

Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel insist the world championship battle is wide open after Ricciardo's victory lifted him to third in the standings.

This was moments after Stroll noticed the blue flags meaning he had to give way for the likes of Ricciardo and Vettel to be able to overlap the Williams driver.

Those behind Ricciardo were facing problems of their own.

A fan interrupted Hamilton's post-race interview by shouting: "Most boring race ever". By lap 44, all three were close to one another, but there were no areas to pass as all three had some sort of issue with their cars, giving the advantage to Ricciardo.

There was some late drama when Monaco-born Charles Leclerc crashed into the back of the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley which led to the deployment of the virtual safety auto. But despite there were no safety auto issues all afternoon, a virtual safety vehicle came out, and following two laps of interruptions, Ricciardo resumed the lead, while Vettel could not regain his grip on the restart and lost considerable time.

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Sebastian Vettel - who won the race previous year - crossed the line in second place while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was one place behind him as the gap at the top closed by three points.

Now, the Australian found his redemption.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, ahead of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz took the final point for Renault.

Ricciardo is in the final season of his existing contract with Red Bull and has been heavily linked with a move to Mercedes and Ferrari - both of whom now have vacancies for next year.

Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points.

"Daniel did a great job today, so super happy for him, but ultimately we were all turned down and just cruising around, making sure we get to the end. Sometimes it was easier than others", he said.