Daniel Ricciardo - Monaco the best weekend of my career

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Australian Daniel Ricciardo nursed a de-powered Red Bull Renault to claim the Monaco Grand Prix in race that did little to promote Formula 1 on Monday morning.

After guzzling champagne from his sweaty shoe - as he likes to do - it was time to cool off. Refreshing! Red Bull know how to celebrate in style.

Immediately after the issue started, a series of frantic radio message were played over the F1 broadcast as the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel closed in on the leading Red Bull. Ricciardo, safe in the knowledge that the auto behind requires a significant pace advantage to make an overtaking move at Monaco, was able to hold on for victory.

The Mercedes driver opted to pit early, going in on Lap 12, which dropped him from third to sixth.

"Monaco has the biggest build-up and is the most special race of the season and it is just a shame that the race isn't as exciting as the whole spectacle and the track actually is".

"I think it was definitely my best weekend and the most satisfying, " Ricciardo replied when asked if his win in Monaco was his most satisfying. Daniel had the answers at all times. Hamilton was struggling with excessive tyre wear. "I've done everything I can so far, let's finish this job tomorrow".

The Grand Prix's start went smoothly enough for Ricciardo, holding off pursuing Sebastian Vettel into the first corner, with a relative lack of drama in the race's opening lap, save for contact that damaged Brendon Hartley's front wing. It happened too late to influence the race.

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The victory elevated Ricciardo above Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas into third position in the championship. While both Hulkenberg and Sainz put up a good team effort to keep Verstappen off limits on Lap 54, the Belgian passed Sainz on Lap 58 to take P9, and retained the position as Sainz couldn't catch up in the 78 lap race. After scoring points with at least one auto in every race of 2018, this was the first race of the season where neither Mclaren drivers scored.

It also felt like payback time.

That sounded like a coded message to his team after a botched pit stop cost him victory here in 2016.

He drove like a man on a mission.

Ricciardo was overjoyed. "Two years in the making - I finally feel like the redemption has arrived". 'That was the most boring race I've ever participated in'.

His team principal Christian Horner, who rushed over to hug him, was in awe. Between this and the Renault engine's power surfeit, at least 50 horsepower according to preseason reports, the engine output gap was likely in the neighborhood of 210 horsepower. That means his rear brake temperatures are going through the roof.

"That was right up there with Schumacher". "He is the complete article now".

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