Ricciardo on podium in Monaco

Duncraig's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his podium finish with team mates. Picture: Getty Images.
Duncraig's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his podium finish with team mates. Picture: Getty Images.

Outgunned by the Mercedes-Benzes of winner Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Ricciardo was a distant third for most of the 78 laps of the principality’s street circuit, but closed in rapidly on Hamilton in the last five laps, finishing his Red Bull Renault just 0.8 of a second behind.

Hamilton said he had a problem with some dirt that got under his visor and lodged in his left eye.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fourth.

Ricciardo, who ran third in the Spanish Grand Prix a fortnight ago, said the tight circuit, said to be the most difficult of the series, made it hard to overtake.

It also proved the undoing of several other drivers, a succession of crashes bringing out the safety car and the resulting slower pace causing some cars to overheat.

‘I pushed hard and got close to the Mercedes at the end,’ the wide-smiling Ricciardo said. ‘I tried to put a bit of pressure on, but third was the best we could do.

‘I’m very happy with third at Monaco.’

His performance elevated him two spots to fourth in the championship, behind Rosberg, Hamilton and Alonso, and two places ahead of defending champion and team-mate Sebastien Vettel, who retired early with engine problems.

The next race is in Montreal on June 8.