Perth’s Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco F1 GP

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win at Monaco with a shoey. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win at Monaco with a shoey. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

PERTH’S Daniel Ricciardo overcame a mid-race power loss to win the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position last night, fending off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

The Red Bull driver’s win was all the more impressive after an engine problem left him with 25 per cent less power for the final 50 laps of the 78-lap race.

Vettel shaved a few points off championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who finished third. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth for Ferrari ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

It was Ricciardo’s second win of the season after the Chinese GP last month and seventh of his career, pushing him up to third in the title race.

Ricciardo thought he’d won in Monaco two years ago, where he led from pole position only to be undone by a botched pit stop by his team which left him furious but there was no denying him this time.

“Two years in the making and I finally feel redemption has arrived,” Ricciardo said.

As he usually does after a victory, Ricciardo took off his shoe, filled it with champagne and drank out of it.

He then offered the huge bottle โ€” but not the shoe โ€” to Prince Albert of Monaco, who took a small sip.

It is shaping up to be an intriguing season, with Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton now winning two races each.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with a swan dive into the swimming pool.