Now, we know that the Spaniard is generous with his superlatives, but as "Formula One purists" we would somewhat disagree. That wouldn't have been helped by his retirement in the race, and post-race he publicly criticised Monaco and applauded the Indy 500.
"Just the race tomorrow, then we'll celebrate", Ricciardo told Sky commentator David Coulthard after jumping out of the auto. There are more roads so maybe we can change this great track and make it even better. But it came at the price of drivers being unable to push as they sought to avoid having to pit twice. "I was 10 seconds behind, but I was conflicted because in my heart I wanted to win this race, but the team just asked me to bring the auto home".
The Mercedes driver opted to pit early, going in on Lap 12, which dropped him from third to sixth.
"But that was the longest 78 laps ever!" More so because of the nature of Monaco, where overtaking is next to impossible. In fact, Ricciardo's "loss of power" radio message made us wonder if his winning in Monaco was jinxed!
The MGU-K unit had failed on his vehicle, leaving him with about 25% of his car's normal power capacity.
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It was the first time the Australian had won from pole position, his first triumph in the Mediterranean principality he also calls home and a fitting celebration for the former champions' 250th start.
Except they didn't, and couldn't because of the inherent Red Bull advantage on the day and Ricciardo's calm determination that Monaco would not rob him of a deserved victory once again.
"Or you could say it's put the team in a stronger position in terms of its value and potential to him".
Ricciardo had to further protect the auto by lifting off the throttle early and use aerodynamic drag to slow the vehicle.
Christian Horner has compared Daniel Ricciardo's drive to victory at the Monaco Grand Prix to the most infamous voyage of NASA's moon landing programme. A full fuel tank usually slows the early race pace by 3-4 seconds, but this was clearly a case of Ricciardo doing what Formula 1 fans dislike their drivers to do - race management. "He knows that more than anybody". Maybe we need two races. Meanwhile, teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th behind Kevin Magnussen of Haas. The two Finns, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, are the pair who would be most vulnerable to be replace, but Hamilton can not see a situation where he is driving alongside Ricciardo next season. But why was Ricciardo driving slowly? 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.