Lewis Hamilton expects Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull

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Ricciardo led home Vettel

"Just the race tomorrow and then we will celebrate". After taking the chequered flag at the end of the race, Ricciardo sounded exasperated on the team radio before uttering the word "redemption" - summing up the importance of the victory to the Australian.

He added: "The tyres were not great but we were all driving so slow".

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"Lewis always freely expresses his opinion, but this is Monaco and without serious accidents or a safety vehicle it's always similar". By the end of Lap 5, the top-10 drivers were comfortably settled and racing in the positions they started the race in - offering an early indication that fans would have to endure a long afternoon ahead.

Ricciardo's knuckle gripping race of extraordinary tension began, not from his pole position start and race to the first corner, but on lap 28 of the 78-lap race. More so because of the nature of Monaco, where overtaking is next to impossible.

"He was stronger there and I couldn't follow".

Daniel Ricciardo's winning performance on Sunday in his power-reduced Red Bull may have boosted his value in the drivers' market and given him an outside tilt at the title, but the tiresome procession behind him was widely condemned as a spectacle.

"I think I got asked after China if it means we're in the title hunt".

Monaco GP
The Australian celebrated with a dip in Red Bull's pool

It was precisely because of the slow pace and the unique confines of Monte Carlo's streets though, that the Australian admitted enabled him to continue in the lead after his MGU-K failed.

"Congratulations to Daniel. They've had the pace all weekend, we knew they would", Hamilton said.

Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch every Formula 1 Grand Prix, qualifying and practice session live in 2018. "It's the most special race of the year". "I don't know how much of the radio was broadcast, but we had a lot to deal with during the race". Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1:14.823, 14. Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole position past year, had to settle for fourth place, just 0.034s off Hamilton and 0.175s clear of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. The hypersofts were expected to last 22 laps, but Hamilton made a decision to do away with his after only 12 laps.

Hamilton has won the past two races and leads the championship by 17 points ahead of Vettel, who won the opening two races.

Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull vehicle before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points.

Hamilton, a four-time world champion and the current leader in the drivers' standings, was equally scathing, saying "it wasn't really racing". Were Ferrari attempting to use Raikkonen as a pawn to aid Vettel's race yet again? Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 25.317, 10. After crashing in FP3 yesterday, Verstappen couldn't participate in qualifying and started the race in the last row.

Vettel conceded he didn't have the package to take it to Ricciardo.

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