Daniel Ricciardo won the 250th Grand prix of Red Bull and in a manner that made the victory even sweeter than usual. Meanwhile, his teammate Max Verstappen had to limit the damage he made crashing in FP3 and not taking part in qualifying. He did it by getting into the points.
“It is difficult to describe the performance Daniel put in. From lap 28 when the MGU-K expired, which creates all kinds of issues with cooling, with brake and tyre temperatures, he managed it in the calmest of manners while defending with Sebastian Vettel no more than a second behind him, and I never believed with approximately a 25 percent loss of power that he would hold the lead for another 50 laps and win our 250th grand prix. The day and the entire race weekend has belonged to Daniel with a phenomenal performance”, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.
That victory was a testimony to the car and Daniel’s ability behind the wheel, Horner said
“It was a great recovery from Max. From the back of the grid, it’s always going to be a tough afternoon but he made good progress with some good overtaking which is very difficult to do here, and he benefitted from some good teamwork and strategy and managed to get into the top 10.”
“Of all the races to win on the calendar, Monaco is the highlight because of that rich heritage and history; this one especially so for Daniel after the disappointment of 2016. To achieve that victory was a testimony to the great car that the guys and girls in Milton Keynes have produced and Daniel’s ability behind the wheel. It is absolutely teamwork that wins races and we have to thank all of our team partners for their support that allows us all to savour special moments like this.”
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) May 28, 2018