MONACO – Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo overcame a significant mid-race power loss to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
Better known for his attacking prowess and razor-sharp passes, pole-winner Ricciardo had earlier shown outstanding defensive driving to fend off Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari despite losing an estimated 25 percent of his engine power. Vettel closed to within one second of Ricciardo with more than half of the 78-lap race left. It seemed certain the German would pass him at some point, but Ricciardo held firm for the seventh win of his career.
Even though the narrow 2.1-mile street circuit is notoriously difficult to pass on, it was still a remarkable drive by Ricciardo. It was his second win of the season after the Chinese GP last month, pushing him up to third in the title race.
"So much went on for me in that race, trying to figure out what was going on," said Ricciardo, who also was fastest in practice. "This was probably the best weekend of my career."
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished third.