Daniel Ricciardo storms to dominant pole position at Monaco Grand Prix


Hamilton, a four-time world champion and the current leader in the drivers' standings, was equally scathing, saying "it wasn't really racing".

The on-track action was frantic.

"Congratulations to Daniel. They've had the pace all weekend, we knew they would", Hamilton said.

Ricciardo's advantage was slightly narrower than practice lap times had suggested, though, with Sebastian Vettel less than a quarter of a second adrift in second. Would Max Verstappen do something rash?

"Bahrain - he would have been a genuine contender there [if he hadn't bene forced out of the race early on], and we know what happened in Baku [the Red Bull drivers crashed together while running fourth and fifth]. It was a super-unexciting race for everyone".

Famed for being the most glamorous race on the Formula One circuit, the Monaco Grand Prix has a treasured place in the hearts of many F1 drivers. Sergey Sirotkin showed impressive pace in the struggling Williams throughout practice and qualifying and will start 13th ahead of Charles Leclerc, who qualified his Sauber in 14th at the first home grand prix of his career.

For defending champion Hamilton, it was an unusually quiet race. "It's the most special race of the year". "Daniel had the answers at all time".

But the Briton, still a big fan of the glamorous location and pre-race build-up, was frustrated by an afternoon spent at reduced speed to save the tyres on a one-stop strategy and with no chance of overtaking. Maybe it's got to be a different format or something here.

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It was his second win of the season after the Chinese GP last month, pushing him up to third in the title race. Maybe we need two races. That was the longest 78 laps ever.

"Lewis always freely expresses his opinion, but this is Monaco and without serious accidents or a safety vehicle it's always similar".

The Mercedes driver opted to pit early, going in on Lap 12, which dropped him from third to sixth. We are doing one minute elevens around here, there's more roads.

He added: "The tyres were not great but we were all driving so slow".

Hamilton has put forward two suggestions which could make a Monaco a better spectacle.

The amount of dirty, turbulent air kicked up by modern Formula 1 cars makes it incredibly hard to run close to the auto in front.

"There were a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we've just won Monaco - it feels good, feels good". The other was also in Monaco, two years ago. Is Monaco fit for objective anymore? Maybe after losing points to Hamilton for three consecutive races, he was just pleased to cut into his deficit. "We had to back off massively". First stint I could follow him fairly easily and then he started to push just, I think, when Lewis started to pit.