Daniel Ricciardo battles auto issues to secure Monaco victory

Daniel Ricciardo battles auto issues to secure Monaco victory

Christian Horner admitted it was a bittersweet afternoon for Red Bull after Daniel Ricciardo clinched pole while Max Verstappen was forced to sit out the all-important qualifying session.

Note: Hamilton's tyres went for 40 more laps, until the end of the race. "Literally cruising. So it wasn't really racing".

"If that was exciting for you to watch, no problem".

When asked for his impressions of the new cars in Monaco, Alonso replied: "Extremely boring".

"The start went well and I was like I've pretty much done the hard part let's just finish this race and then I think lap 18 or something I exited one corner and I just felt pretty much no power compared to what I am used to".

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Lewis Hamilton said that he "would have been asleep" if he had been watching the Monaco Grand Prix at home.

But the problem was exacerbated this year because drivers were driving slowly to ensure the fragile "hyper-soft" and "ultra-soft" tyres, the two softest in Pirelli's range, made the required stint lengths. We know that, that's not within any doubt and this weekend he's got a great vehicle and nobody will be more frustrated than him that, having watched that qualifying, he should have been competing for the front row today.

Hamilton, who said the race was "the longest 78 laps ever", added in his BBC Sport interview: "It was a super-unexciting race for everyone".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo showed his Monaco mastery by dominating every phase of qualifying for Formula One's most glamorous race to seize pole position in track record time on Saturday. "Thank you!" came the heartfelt response from the German. Wow, it was intensely boring. Whoever was driving in front dictates the speed. They refused to bring him in, though, recommending he stay out and keep the pressure on the struggling Ricciardo and Vettel. Really delighted for the pole but we should have had two cars up there and it's frustrating with such a fast vehicle not to have both cars on the front row of the grid. "On a track like Montreal, this would be a two-stop". That's two and a half seconds a lap he is giving up. It's the first race this season where the McLaren driver has failed to pick up points. We weren't good enough last year for sure, but in previous years we have been. If they want to push, we need to produce more consistent tyres, less sensitive to overheating, so that they can push.

"He's lost about 25 percent of the power of the engine and because of the way these engines work, that's making his rear brake temperatures going through the roof".

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