Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo of Red-Bull overcame engine power problems to win his maiden Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
The podium finish was completed by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and his championship rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Despite finishing in third position Hamilton still enjoys a 14 point lead over Vettel in the overall drivers’ championship standings.
The intense battle for the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship resumed on the famous street circuit of Monaco on Sunday.
Having dominated all practice sessions, including Saturday’s qualifiers Daniel Ricciardo of Red-Bull was a hot favourite to win the race.
The last time the pole sitter didn’t lead the first lap in Monaco was back in 2002 and Ricciardo wasn’t about to deviate from the tradition.
Following a drama free start, the Red-Bull driver did enough to fend off the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to lead the race after the first corner.
With his team mate pushing the pace upfront, Max Verstappen of Red-Bull who started the race at the back of the grid after missing the qualifiers was displaying fine over-taking skills to make-up places.
It was not all smooth sailing for Ricciardo who was in search of his second win of the season, losing power and giving Vettel a sniff with 48 laps to go.
Ricciardo was advised to avoid high revs and gear shifts in what was becoming a gritty defensive drive; however he was aided by Vettel who was losing ground behind him.
With little action at the front of the race, Max Verstappen’s tussle with Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso for the ninth position was certainly providing some excitement for the spectators in Monaco.
Despite struggling with power, Ricciardo lead from start to finish winning his second race of the season ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.
The moment @danielricciardo has dreamed of all his motor racing life #MonacoGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/WGlQE5CFhf
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