Sebastian Vettel admits that Daniel Ricciardo 'had all the answers'

Sebastian Vettel admits that Daniel Ricciardo 'had all the answers'

Sebastian Vettel admits that Daniel Ricciardo 'had all the answers'

Daniel Ricciardo has labelled his performance across the entire Monaco Grand Prix weekend as the best of his Formula One career.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton completed the podium but the pair didn't have the tyre life or the space on the tight city street circuit to make any serious move on the ailing Ricciardo.

The street circuit is notoriously hard to overtake at and the Australian benefited greatly from this fact, the victory all but confirmed with three laps remaining when a hasty virtual safety vehicle restart allowed him to pull away.

"There was a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we won Monaco". The Dutchman drove an aggressive race to finish 9th - after a series of overtakes, that made us wonder why Vettel couldn't challenge Ricciardo for the lead, especially if the latter had auto issues and was driving at a really slow pace. The incident happened when Charles Leclerc shunted his Sauber into the back of Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso. Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth with Valtteri Bottas fifth for Mercedes. The second Red Bull of Max Verstappen used a similar strategy to go from last on the grid to ninth at the finish, but he will still be ruing his accident in final practice, which damaged his auto beyond fix ahead of qualifying and forced him to start from the back of the grid.

Max Verstappen - Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate - finished ninth after starting from last having crashed prior to Saturday's qualifying.

2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Enlarge

The Monte Carlo circuit was less forgiving to Fernando Alonso as he had to retire due to gearbox failure. Things went downhill after a pit stop.

"I mean, 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. Of course not on every track we can show that potential because of the deficit on the straight but it's good to know we have a good vehicle".

The race featured the debut of Pirelli's softest compound. I felt power loss and I thought the race was done. Maybe after losing points to Hamilton for three consecutive races, he was just pleased to cut into his deficit. "If I would have taken a bit more risk I don't think I would have got past the guys ahead of me". When the VSC ended, Vettel suddenly found himself left behind.

Nevertheless, Vettel's power advantage was offset by tire struggles; Ricciardo scampered away in corners, and Vettel surged back on the straights and through the tunnel. Vettel is second with 96 points and Ricciardo is third with 72 points.

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