Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational win at the Monaco Grand Prix after having technical problems with the MGU-K system. The Red Bull driven by the Australian lost power in the first stage of the race and Ricciardo had to defend his first place. After an incredible defensive race, he took his first ever Monaco Grand Prix win ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.
Shortly after the race ended, Ricciardo confirmed that it was a MGU-K problem. More specifically his Red Bull lost around 180 bhp and had severe problems in recovering the kinetic energy of the car. At first he was warned that his issue won't be resolved. However, Ricciardo managed somehow to find his pace and defended his position in the race.
“It was an extreme loss of power, and I think this result shows off our great chassis. The circuit helped us here, due to the nature of it, but this shows it’s a really good chassis."Ricciardo explained after the race. "There was times today I was really cruising, and the track here allows you to do that. There was a bit of luck involved there and, had we been running at normal pace, it probably would have been a two stopper.” he added.
“The rear brakes got really hot. I moved the brake balance 6 or 7% forwards to control the temperatures, which is a lot – it’s usually only about 1 or 2%. " Ricciardo continued. "This meant a lot of lifting and make sure the braking didn’t destroy the systems. Everything had to be done slowly, and it meant that we got it home.” Ricciardo ended.
Having won the Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo passed both Raikkonen and Bottas in the Drivers Championship and currently sits third with 72 points, 38 behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.