F1: Ricciardo Beats Vettel To Win 2018 Monaco GP Despite Engine Troubles

Second placed Sebastian Vettel was the sole competitor for the win and yet the Ferrari didn't seem to have the pace on the fast degrading ultra soft tyre, keeping him at least half a second behind Ricciardo for the bulk of the race. However, Ricciardo's biggest competition came from his own engine, after the driver realised his powertrain had a problem nearly halfway into the race.

Despite the loss of power, Ricciardo maintained a one-second lead over the Ferrari for the majority of the race - safe in the knowledge that the vehicle behind requires a significant pace advantage to make an overtaking move stick at Monaco. I felt loss of power and I thought the race was done.

Lewis Hamilton leads the driver's championship on 110 points, with Vettel and Ricciardo in second and third. In a further boost for Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

Ricciardo was denied a certain victory at the principality two years ago when his team botched up a regulation pit stop, and his triumph hung in the balance for much of the two hours.

Fernando Alonso had been seventh before retiring his McLaren with transmission problems on lap 48.

Despite warning his Mercedes team that was not convinced the tyres would last, he finished third, 17 seconds adrift of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.

"I had the McLaren which was just ahead in Safety Car line and after that on the restart I think it took me a while to get away", added the German. It was expected to be a race of saving tyres for a Ricciardo in a one pitstop strategy, but the apparent issue with the energy recovery system took precedence for the remainder of the race.

It is shaping up to be an intriguing season, with Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton winning two races each. The display eventually came back, but the tyre problems persisted and it soon became clear that only a mistake from the auto in front would result in an overtaking opportunity. Daniel Ricciardo may never get a better chance to atone for his 2016 misfortune on this circuit than the one he has carved out for himself this weekend.

There will be contrasting moods in Red Bull's garage.

We were just cruising around from lap six, literally cruising.

"Thank God you said it", Hamilton shot back.

"There were a few doubts that came in".

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There was more drama in the closing stages as Charles Leclerc smashed into the back of Brendon Hartley, putting both drivers out and leaving debris all over the track.

Ricciardo's issues meant that Vettel was able to close to within a second of the leader but was finding it hard to pass on a track where overtaking opportunities are notoriously rare.