The Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) had their best weekend since being in the F1 and was left with the most important race on the calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix.
The aussie led all the workouts, achieved pole position with a record time of 1m10s810 and he won the Monegasque GP from end to end, despite having a problem with his car's power unit when he still had 49 laps to complete to cross the checkered flag.
“I had little power and I thought my race was over, but I was able to reach the end even though I couldn't use the seventh and eighth gears”, Ricciardo explained after achieving his seventh victory in F.1.
"I had been waiting for two years, finally I have found that redemption", The Perth driver highlighted in reference to 2016, when he also started from the top of the grid and lost the race due to a strategy error by his team.
Ricciardo's joy on Sunday contrasted with the restrained face he showed after winning Saturday's pole position: "I think I can show more emotions than yesterday"He said after breaking with the protocol and drinking champagne from one of his boots and inviting them to drink from the bottle at the Prince albert and his wife Charlene.
The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) escorted Ricciardo on his way to victory. Despite the failure of his rival's car, the German never bothered him due to problems with the tires, the engine and the characteristics of the track in which the overshoot is practically nil.
In fact, the only one who won places was the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who started last after failing to qualify for breaking his car in practice on Saturday. The superiority of his vehicle allowed him to advance to ninth place, although there was little he could do when he reached the lot where the most competitive cars were.
Thanks to his victory Ricciardo is third in the championship with two races won as well as the leaders. An incentive not to lower your arms and show that Monaco's dominance can be repeated again.
RACE (78 LAPS)
1. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull), 1h42m54s807
2. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 7s336
3. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 17s013
4. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 18s127
5. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 18s822
6. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India) at 23s667
7. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Toro Rosso) at 24s331
8. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 24s839
9. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull) at 25s317
10. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Renault) at 1m09s013
AVERAGE: 151,750 km / h. LAP RECORD: Verstappen, in the 60th, in 1m14s260 at 161,772 km / h. PILOT CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Hamilton, 110 points; 2) Vettel, 96; 3) Ricciardo, 72; 4) Bottas, 68; 5) Räikkönen, 60; 6) Verstappen, 35; 7) Alonso, 32; 8) Hülkenberg, 26; 9) Sainz, 20; 10) Magnussen, 19. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 178 points; 2) Ferrari, 156; 3) Red Bull, 107; 4) Renault, 46; 5) McLaren, 40. NEXT DATE: June 10, Canadian GP.