Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing' - Hamilton - Monaco Grand Prix 2018

Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing' - Hamilton - Monaco Grand Prix 2018

I mean, this is probably the most boring race ever.

With Sebastian Vettel hovering menacingly behind and more than half the race left to run, the Australian optimisitcally asked if it would get better - the response was that it would not.

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

Poor Ricciardo's loss of power a third of the way through the race was simply brutal for him. It was a courageous move by the team but one that did not pay off as Vettel pitted four laps later and came back out in front of his championship rival. A series of switch changes on Ricciardo's steering wheel helped manage the issue, while Vettel also suffered his own problems when his steering wheel display went blank on Lap 39.

However it was not a race without its problems for the Red Bull driver, who drove away from his pole position start easily before news of a power issue put his redemption in doubt.

"OK mate, we can see what's going on", his race engineer replied after a pause. That led to stern words of warning from Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who said his recent string of mistakes has to end, and motorsport chief Helmut Marko, who said the Dutchman had to stop being so "impatient" when inside the cockpit.

Webber has rebuffed Vettel's claims that he would welcome Hamilton
Webber has rebuffed Vettel’s claims that he would welcome Hamilton

In the circumstances, Horner said Ricciardo's performance - in Red Bull's 250th race - was "unbelievable".

Hamilton, 33, and Mercedes claimed at their Silverstone auto launch back in February that his contract extension was likely to be rubber-stamped before the season-opening race in Melbourne.

"He lost the MGU-K 17 or 18 laps into the race". There are no mind games as there are with other teammates, and I think that's a win for Ferrari. But he kept his nose clean all afternoon, managed to recover a flat-spot, and pushed all the way to the flag. When we pitted early, I thought maybe it was looking like even a two-stop race, but honestly we could control the pace.

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko was equally effusive in his praise of the Australian.

"He would want those two guys together at Ferrari but I don't think that's going to happen".

The Australian reported a loss of power early on but managed to bring his vehicle home in first place ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in third. 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. All three men have won twice this season.

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