Another podium for Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo invited himself onto a second consecutive podium with his third place finish in Monaco. Lewis Hamilton held him at bay at the end of the race. Mercedes remains in a league of its own after six of the season’s nineteen races.
Having started on pole, Nico Rosberg triumphed in the Principality as he did last year. His team mate Hamilton, who started beside him on the front row, kept up with him before easing off towards the end of the race, suffering from a problem affecting his left eye and vision.
The British driver was seeking his fifth victory in a row. Mercedes seemed once again a cut or two above the rest and it took a ravening Ricciardo to catch up with and hassle Hamilton late in the race. The Australian managed to make a comeback after a poor start and benefited from the misfortunes of his closest rivals, beginning with team mate Sebastian Vettel who was forced to withdraw on the 7th lap due to a mechanical failure. The driver from Perth only missed finishing second by four tenths of a second.
In the Lotus garage, the race began badly with the withdrawal of Pastor Maldonado. Stranded on the grid at the start of the formation lap, the Venezuelan attended the race as a spectator, in the stands. He watched his team mate Roman Grosjean take 8th place just ahead of his compatriot Jules Bianchi who (as did his team Marussia) notched up his two first points in Formula 1 at the end of a race from which 8 drivers withdrew.
141 – Red Bull is lying second in the Constructors’ Championship after six races, with 99 points as against 240 (already!) for Mercedes – a gap of 141 points.
“That’s Monaco!” Romain Grosjean knew that his only hope lay in a chaotic race. The Frenchman remained on track while many others were dropping out or having accidents, and was rewarded with an eighth place finish. “If I’m honest, Canada scares me a little,” he added.
Vettel was competing in his 100th Grand Prix with Red Bull this weekend, but it was a weekend to forget after his fantastic comeback in Barcelona. The quadruple World Champion was the first to pull over following the start, his RB10 losing power.
Canadian Grand Prix (6-8 June)