Daniel Ricciardo grabs pole in F1 Monaco qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo takes tense Monaco Grand Prix win on Red Bull’s 250th

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You shouldn't be able to do a one stop because that's less exciting for fans.

"I spoke to Prince Albert the other day and said maybe we should make it longer", he said. The Australian driver was left to complete the race with just his internal combustion engine. But this is also a strategy that has reaped many drivers a race win over the years - Nico Rosberg's win in 2013 is an example.

"We got home just using six gears, and thanks to the team we got it back".

For this was far more than a simple win on the streets of Monte Carlo; this was a race of redemption and a win against the odds rolled into one. "And it feels good".

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel qualified second ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

Hartley's Toro Rosso team opted to pit him earlier than most - on lap 14 - but he was handed a five-second time penalty for speeding in the lane.

"It's almost impossible to overtake, but it's still one of the most fascinating races", Vettel said.

The loud cheer that Daniel Ricciardo received as he walked on to the Red Bull Energy Station in Monaco's harbour was nearly enough to make you think he had won the whole championship. "We knew that would be the case". "We had the pace, it was a tricky race". Daniel had the answers at all times.

He may not have been fighting for victory, but how Fernando Alonso managed to complete this year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix nearly defied science.

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Esteban Ocon took sixth place on the grid for Force India ahead of McLaren's Fernando Alonso and the Renault of Carlos Sainz.

It's clear that if Max Verstappen hadn't have started last, and if Ricciardo's race had been trouble free, such was the Red Bull's advantage in keeping the tyre surface largely intact in a very fast auto, they would have absolutely dominated the race. Verstappen had crashed his auto in a practice session and had to sit out of qualifying, since the team could not put the vehicle together in time.

"The tyre's bad", said Hamilton, who led Bottas in to pit for new hyper-softs. Hamilton was struggling with excessive tyre wear.

The Red Bull driver reported a loss of power on lap 28, an issue serious enough for the team to consider telling him to stop the vehicle and save the engine.

"We can see what's going on", Red Bull responded by radio.

"You just need to keep it smooth, keep focused". "I can not permit myself to go all in and see what the outcome is".

In the end, Ricciardo's winning margin was seven seconds - but only because Vettel lost time after the virtual safety auto came out for the last few laps.

Ricciardo, who had power problems, said layout allowed him to get away with maintaining a slow pace.

Hamilton has hosed down talk of a Ricciardo move to Mercedes.

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