Martin Brundle: Daniel Ricciardo delivers under pressure for deserved Monaco win

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Lewis Hamilton has weighed in on the future of Daniel Ricciardo amid speculation the Aussie could make a big-money move to Mercedes. The problem will have created many incidental side effects such as his tyres cooling down through lack of braking energy, and not using up his fuel so the vehicle being heavier than desired at the end of the race.

"We had problems. We had a lot to deal with during the race". Two years ago, Verstappen also started from the back after the same crash in qualifying.

Pirelli had three tyre compounds at the race, Supersoft, Ultrasoft, and Hypersoft.

The Red Bull driver was 0.229s clear of Sebastian Vettel in second place and faced no opposition from teammate Max Verstappen after damage to the Dutchman's vehicle following a crash in final practice that proved too extensive to fix in time for qualifying.

Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton have won two races each heading into the Canadian GP in two weeks' time. Meanwhile, teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th behind Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

Holding on to first place was a battle too far for Schumacher as Damon Hill's Williams picked off the wounded Benetton, but Schumacher still managed to take a hugely impressive second.

"It's positive. The vehicle is really strong".

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"We set a statement on Thursday, we've been quickest in every session and we've just got the race tomorrow and then we'll celebrate", said Ricciardo. After all, the Renault engine is one of the reasons why Daniel Ricciardo isn't considered as a genuine contender. The driver disagrees but in reality and Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner seem to suggest otherwise.

Ricciardo was asked if he was relieved that he does not need to overtake Verstappen on Sunday.

A strong drive from Verstappen, gaining 11 positions, but the day belonged to Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) finished in fifth place, while Esteban Ocon (Force India) finished in sixth, ahead of Pierre Gasly (Torro Rosso). He got punchy with Carlos Sainz in the works Renault when necessary, and the rest was smart driving.

Despite huge damage to the floor of his auto that would have led to many other drivers retiring from the race, Alonso returned to the track and finished a hugely impressive seventh.

The McLaren driver was struck by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin on the opening lap in Baku, forcing Alonso to limp back to the pits.

In other news, the manufacturer teams have agreed to drop the controversial and rather expensive MGU-H (the same part that troubled Ricciardo in Monaco!) from the sport come 2021.

Horner says the job Ricciardo completed was similar to the job carried out by the three astronauts who managed to guide Apollo 13 home to earth in April 1970 against all odds when their spaceship suffered what should have been a series of terminal failures.

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