Daniel Ricciardo nursed his wounded Red Bull over the line to win the Monaco Grand Prix and claim his second victory of the Formula One campaign. Despite having track position, even at Monaco, this looked like it could spell the end of his Grand Prix win chances.
"The tyres were not great but we were all driving so slow", Hamilton told Channel 4. Vettel followed suit with a pit stop on Lap 16 and retained a good margin over the Mercedes before Ricciardo made his single stop on Lap 17. "I lost three to Seb [Vettel] today, and to have only lost three and not more, I am so grateful".
"Probably the most boring race ever in Formula 1". They were telling me on the intercom that we were going to have to retire the auto in one or two laps and I said look, we're in the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix, we're keeping going. I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done. Oh my God, yes.
Good news could be on the way for Hamilton though, with Mercedes chief Niki Lauda claiming that a deal to tie down the Brit to a new contract is not far off, saying 'we are going to sign him. Oh my God, it was long.
"But when I needed to decide, I might decide Kimi, just because there is not any hazard or risk of any politics or misunderstandings". "When it finished, I was like, "thank goodness".
"I feel it is at all times what you are on the lookout for: figuring out that you've a automotive which you can struggle with, which you can belief, a staff behind you that offers each of the drivers every part they've", mentioned Vettel.
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Webber's relationship with Vettel descended into turmoil during their five years together at Red Bull in which the Australian was beaten by his team-mate to four consecutive titles. I think he had a problem with his MGU-K, then it picked up towards the end again. "On a track like Montreal, this would be a two-stop".
In the circumstances, Horner said Ricciardo's performance - in Red Bull's 250th race - was "unbelievable". It's the first race this season where the McLaren driver has failed to pick up points.
"For those who ask me if I am afraid of [Hamilton] then no", added Vettel, earlier than joking, "he is not taller than me, I do not suppose he is heavier than me, so in boxing phrases I am not afraid". If they want to push, we need to produce more consistent tyres, less sensitive to overheating, so that they can push.
"Because it's a tight circuit, you're able to take the piss a little bit with going slow", he said. I think I went 6-7 percent forwards with the brake balance and that's a lot.
The Australian reported a loss of power early on but managed to bring his vehicle home in first place ahead of Ferrari'sSebastian Vettel, who finished second, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in third.
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