Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing' - Lewis Hamilton

Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing' - Lewis Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo took a dominant pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, softening the blow for Red Bull after his teammate Max Verstappen failed to even start qualifying, having earlier crashed in final practice. I was 10 seconds behind, but I was conflicted because in my heart I wanted to win this race, but the team just asked me to bring the auto home'.

Speaking afterwards - full of emotions at winning a race that was so cruelly snatched from him in 2016 with that botched pitstop - it was clear how tough things had been for the Australian.

"This was two years in the making", said Ricciardo, who couldn't use seventh or eighth gears once the problem struck.

"I finally feel like the redemption has arrived". We had a lot to deal with during the race.

"I think they are usually able to push but if the direction for the future races is to go softer, they will push less". Ricciardo said. "Thanks to the team we got it back".

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.

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.

"Unbelievable, he was not going to give this race up this weekend", he said.

"We set a statement on Thursday, we've been quickest every session". We had to survive with that problem all race.

"Then your brake temperatures go out of control, the fuel and tyre temperatures start going". Coupled with heating breaks and tire degradation, Ricciardo definitely drove a race that will be remembered for years to come.

While Daniel Ricciardo's slow pace at the front of the field was obvious as the result of his MGU-K failure, it left his pursuers slightly frustrated.

"I think here, Monaco, it's of course very easily done compared to other tracks. This is probably the most boring race ever".

Lewis Hamilton has called on Monaco's organisers to ring the changes after lamenting Sunday's processional affair as the "most boring race" of his career.

The leading drivers all opted for a one-stop strategy, which delivered a pass-free race that lacked any real pace.

"You just need to keep it smooth".

"If that was exciting for you to watch, no problem".

But after almost a month of probing, the conclusion reached by motor racing's governing body was that Ferrari was in the clear. "We won Monaco. It feels good". "Here, we are now satisfied". "For him to win this Grand Prix today, I'm really proud of him".

Ricciardo's lap could become the stuff of F1 legend, as the cars are expected to be 1.5s per lap slower next year in the hope of improving overtaking.