Alonso says Monaco GP "the most boring F1 race ever"

Monday, 28 May, 2018

Having taken the second pole position of his career on Saturday, Ricciardo described the job as "50% done", and duly delivered victory despite being hampered by a loss of power for much of the race. And to prove how small the margins are at this circuit, it was that very same section of track where teammate Verstappen had his disastrous crash in final practice. So I'm stoked. There was a few doubts that came in mid race.

Red Bull repaired his gearbox, meaning he incurred a five-place grid penalty. Verstappen will start from the back on Sunday, and could struggle to work his way through the field even in the quickest auto: Overtaking at Monaco is notoriously hard.

Webber claimed Vettel was afforded preferential treatment by Red Bull's bosses, and although he has now patched up his relationship with the Ferrari driver, he rebuffed Vettel's claim that he would be keen to team up with Hamilton.

"The tyres were not great but we were all driving so slow", Hamilton told Channel 4. "He got bitten pretty hard today in a session that doesn't really count for anything except setting up the auto".

Brady spent a lot of time with fellow-TAG spokesman Daniel Ricciardo, who won the pole for the Monaco GP. He needs to learn from it, and stop making these errors.

A virtual safety vehicle period ensued, and Ricciardo was the main beneficiary as he emerged five seconds clear of Vettel with just three laps to go.

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     Sebastian Vettel could scupper a Hamilton move to Ferrari
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Then the German had a problem with his dash going blank, which gave Lewis Hamilton a chance to put some pressure on.

"This place bites hard if you abuse it. Max is a very fast driver, we know that, and this weekend he has a great auto ... he should have been competing for the front row today". "I've given it everything I could".

"If we go on the softer side trying to increase the degradation, we increase deg but also a little bit the overheating, and the overheating is something they don't want because then they need to cruise the tyre". We're going to make sure we're on our toes and able to react tomorrow. "I was holding ground and I was catching Carlos [Sainz] at the end but I think Charles had a brake failure at the end".

Vettel, whose teammate Kimi Raikkonen starts fourth and ahead of Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas, said Ricciardo had "owned" the qualifying session.

In the battle to be "best of the rest" after the top three teams, veterans Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez were scrapping it out with the new kids on the block.

French driver Esteban Ocon took his Force India to sixth place, ahead of compatriot Pierre Gasly in a Toro Rosso and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

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