Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo started from pole and held tightly onto first place throughout all 78 laps of Sunday’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix, leaving Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to settle for second – one position ahead of championship points leader Lewis Hamilton. Fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen crossed the line one position back in fourth.
With his second win of the season, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has effectively split the leader pack, moving up to third place in the 2018 driver standings, 24 points shy of Sebastian Vettel in second. Hamilton holds onto his championship lead with 110 points.
Vettel had a chance at victory at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, as Ricciardo’s Tag Heuer/Renault-powered Red Bull F1 car started to lose power about halfway through the race. Unfortunately for Vettel, Monaco is a difficult track for passing, and Ricciardo maintained just enough pace to hold off the German Ferrari driver for the rest of the race.
For the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix was an exercise in frustration, as Marcus Ericsson came home in eleventh, just missing out on earning any points for the race. Charles Leclerc encountered even worse luck, apparently losing his brakes in the later stages of the race and crashing into Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley heading into the chicane. Both drivers were forced to take a DNF for the event.
Next up on the calendar is the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday, June 10th. While unlikely, it’s mathematically possible for Vettel to overtake Hamilton in the driver standings at the race.