Red Bull Racing had yet another bittersweet race this weekend. ‘The Honey Badger’ Daniel Ricciardo was in top form, taking first place, with his teammate Max Verstappen rising like a phoenix from dead last thanks to a crash, in qualifying 9th overall. Aside from a crash between Brendon Hartley and Charles LeClerc and a gearbox failure from Fernando Alonso, Monaco may not have been the most exciting race of the season so far, but it’s implications are indeed very interesting.
Daniel Ricciardo had another stunning race, starting and ending in first place, and never losing his position to another driver. He faced extreme pressure from Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, but even with a failing engine, Ricciardo kept his position on lockdown for a spectacularly perfect race. Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner even went so far as to compare Ricciardo’s driving to F1 legend Michael Schumacher, winning the same race entirely in 5th gear in 1995. Ricciardo had a fantastic race, but his teammate Mad Max had a less than exciting weekend. He may have made up an astonishing 11 positions in the race, but he still had his typical Mad Max moments. While attempting to overtake Romain Grosjean, he clipped a chicane, which garnered him a warning from the stewards.
No official action was taken, but Verstappen has been given a long overdue reality check by his team bosses. Either get his act together or face termination from the team.
More reliability woes for McLaren, as Fernando Alonso failed to finish the race due to a gearbox failing. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th, but with a new engine supplier and a veteran driver at the helm, I expected more from the British racing team.
Following Ricciardo’s victory, he is currently third for the world championship, and he himself has stated that he is fiercely gunning for Lewis Hamilton, who currently leads the championship.
The next stop on the F1 calendar is Canada, where Ricciardo had his first ever GP victory. The track is very fast and relies heavily on a reliable engine, so hopefully Red Bull Racing figures out what was happening with Ricciardo’s car during Monaco.
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