DANIEL Ricciardo finally broke his Monaco GP duck with a remarkable drive in a wounded Red Bull, somehow holding off Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to secure his second victory of the season.
Pole-sitter Ricciardo was in control through the first part of the race but then had to limp around the iconic streets with an engine problem for a staggering 60 laps, taking his first Monaco win in incredible fashion.
The Australian was losing around 20mph to his rivals on the straights, but though Vettel was consistently within touching distance after the Red Bull suffered the MGU-K complaint, he could not squeeze his Ferrari past.
“I felt a loss of power and thought the race was done,” admitted Ricciardo, who claims he suffered the issue on Lap 18 when four seconds ahead. “I was only using six gears.”
In a revelation that made Ricciardo’s controlled drive all the more impressive, Christian Horner told Sky F1 that Red Bull nearly immediately retired his car after discovering he had lost 25 per cent of its power.
“He was pulling away from Hamilton with no MGU-K – he drove an unbelievable race,” said the Red Bull boss.
“He could have been in Apollo 13, I tell you, the way he was dealing with the issues today.”
After a late Virtual Safety Car, Ricciardo eventually won from Vettel by seven seconds.