Ricciardo confirms MGU-K issue affected his race pace

Published on 27 May 2018 18:36

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.


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It says a lot about a grand prix when you can win, driving the whole race with a massive power deficit with a third most powerful unit to begin with.
Monaco GP really is a jewel in an F1 crown. If that crown was a toilet bowl and that jewel was a turd.
SE calle.itw 27 May 2018 22:230
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y'know, here is why I liked this race: it was a test of skill and endurance. And Ricciardo owned it. A single slip, and Vettel woulda been all over him, but he drove that well with so much less power. And Vettel, Ham, Gas, the Renaults and Raik were all pretty much driving on ice on various stages of the race. It wasnt providing us with excitement, thats true, but it was a test of patience and endurance. But then again, Im the kinda bloke that enjoys Dark Souls, so as a auto-erotic asphyxiator I enjoy that kinda thing.
Posts: 133
Calle, aren't you mixing up LMP/GT racing with F1? The first is endurance, the second is sprint racing. The qualities you name are exactly the ones I like endurance racing for.
I think the differentiation is relevant. F1 should not be admired for endurance qualities or display, it is not good at it, and there is no need. Sprint racing however...
SE calle.itw 28 May 2018 13:400
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No Im not, my dear Hombibi. I may be 23, but Im still not delirious. Im referring to skills and characteristics of the drivers rather than divisions or racing series. And while F1 do indeed favour speed, endurance is key aswell. Perez ought to be a good example of that... generally speaking.
SE calle.itw 28 May 2018 13:450
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And I strongly disagree with the notion that F1 have to be boring during races where endurance is favoured.
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a lot of elements to racing. an essential one is the ability to pass. This is so lacking here. they might as well run the race as a time trial. you get an allotment of tires 2 days of qualifying runs fastest wins.
Posts: 133
I think this is one of the best ideas I have seen! All the aero/drs/width gimmicks have no impact any longer, all out on track and only the fastest run counts! Suddenly we'll have multiple battles going on, until the end: we'll prevent refueling between runs, allow tire changes, and as the track gets faster toward the end of each stint all cars will be out on track. Mechanics will try what ever they can in between stints, and there will be no cruising! I'll love it, I think it will be spectacular, Monaco will be such an exciting weekend again!
US ajpennypacker 28 May 2018 03:19+2
Posts: 1399
Spectacular Ricciardo. It was not a spectacular race to watch like Baku, but it was great to watch. Some fans are like ADD children that need constant stimuli to remain engaged. We're having a great season. Most races have been pretty spectacular.
SE calle.itw 28 May 2018 06:010
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I agree, I really enjoyed the tension we had this round. Ricciardo struggling with power, so many basicallly driving on ice due to not wanting to pit, and again a very close midfield.
Posts: 133
I also think Fernando and Lewis are completely off. I mean, what are they thinking! :-)
Posts: 151
Quite ok race, but I think TV production has gone sloppy, when a yellow flag appeared, very often no pictures showing whats happening, and that has been the case this whole season
SE calle.itw 28 May 2018 17:100
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Agreed, and I've found that to be a very frequent issue this year. Which is a shame, because if they should work hard with any season, this is the one to do it.

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