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

Lawrence Kim
May 28, 2018

Nico Hulkenberg missed out on a place in the top 10 by 0.098s and will start 11th on the grid alongside McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne.

The reason for that was a very slow pace caused by a combination of an engine problem for the Red Bull driver in the lead, leaving him without his ERS power, and substantial graining of the Hyper and Ultrasoft tyres meaning the other leaders had to dramatically reduce their pace.

Despite Daniel Ricciardo's power issues in Monaco, Sebastian Vettel concedes his former team-mate still had "the answer" throughout the 78-lap race. So it wasn't really racing.

Race victor Daniel Ricciardo said that because of the tight nature of the circuit he was able to dictate a slower pace, but added: "I don't think we'll be able to maintain that kind of rhythm on a track like Montreal [the next race]". "I finally feel the redemption has arrived". When we pitted early, I thought maybe it was looking like even a two-stop race, but honestly we could control the pace. "That was the most boring race I've ever participated in".

We were just cruising around from lap six, literally cruising. It was expected to be a race of saving tyres for a Ricciardo in a one pitstop strategy, but the apparent issue with the energy recovery system took precedence for the remainder of the race. We ended up driving 70-odd laps just around, finishing the race.

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest qualifying lap in the history of Monaco on Saturday, shaving more than a second off last year's pole time.

"He was stronger there and I couldn't follow". I think he had a problem with his MGU-K, then it picked up towards the end again.

"I was going through the tyres fairly quickly".

Verstappen crashed under no pressure moments from the end of P3.

It is shaping up to be an intriguing season, with Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton winning two races each. He immediately fell into the clutches of Vettel, who went into full-on attack mode. He tried without success through the rest of the race. He sustained damage to his front wing and right front tire, while the suspension was broken. It was yet another mistake from the Kiwi in what is becoming a run of missed opportunities for the Le Mans victor.

From 10th on the grid, Pierre Gasly took seventh for Toro Rosso after Fernando Alonso's McLaren retired ahead of him with a gearbox issue on Lap 53.

"A tough old race out there", Hartley said.

"Will it get better", a desperate Ricciardo asked over the team radio.

"I was happy with the job I was doing out there".

"I think they are usually able to push but if the direction for the future races is to go softer, they will push less".

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