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Formula 1 - Ricciardo celebrates start-finish victory in Monaco


Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his seventh Formula 1 victory at the Monaco Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel suffered from the "Monaco disease": On the racetrack in Monte Carlo it is almost impossible to overtake.

Vettel pursued Ricciardo on Sunday over the entire race, but never had a chance to drive up to first place. Red Bull won its 250th Formula 1 race. World championship leader Lewis Hamilton did some damage control and claimed third place overall.

"I thought victory is gone"
Ricciardo euphorically commented on his triumph: "I had a lot of trouble with the track, had to finish the race in sixth gear at the end, it was amazing, I thought that was the end of the race. "

Despite his second place, Vettel was not overly enthusiastic: "In the meantime, of course, I thought I could pass Daniel when I heard about his problems, but it just was not enough." Hamilton was similarly disenchanted: "You can only congratulate Red Bull, they were the fastest team all weekend, and for me it would have been nice to at least go up to second, but I could not get close enough to Sebastian."

Verstappen races into the points

The biggest catch-up in the field was shown by the Dutchman Max Verstappen. Ricciardo's team-mate started the race from the last place on the grid and he worked his way up to ninth. In the final part of the race, the fast Dutchman failed to overtake Nico Hülkenberg in the Renault.

Verstappen was at least halfway reconciled to his embarrassing accident in third free practice, which had put him in last place on the grid: "It was a nice race, I overtook a lot and had the fastest lap, but unfortunately only two points at the end."

Hülkenberg with strong tire management

Hülkenberg, who had completed a proud 51 of the 78 laps with his first set of tires, was happy about the eighth place: "It was a very decent race with a lot of fights and a very long first stint, in the end I felt the hot breath of Verstappen and I had to be careful, but I could defend the four points. "

Kimi Räikkönen finished fourth and Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes finished fifth ahead of Esteban Ocon in Force India.

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