LIVE 2018 Monaco Grand Prix – FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2018
Location: Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Race Weekend: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix
It’s here! This is one of the most glamorous races of the Formula 1 season where the atmosphere is always incredible, it can only be the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.
The weather conditions have changed from sunny and warm to cloudy and windy – some people are saying the sun will be back later on this afternoon, others are wishing for a little bit of rain….
Drivers are now waiting to start the track parade – image from Mercedes-AMG F1 Twitter
The drivers are now out on track for the driver parade, chatting away to the media and waving to fans.
It’s nearly time – drivers are now lined up and waiting at the pit-lane exit to make their way out onto the track…There’s around half an hour to go before the Monaco Grand Prix.
LIVE – Monaco Grand Prix – FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2018
Marcus Ericsson being told that, according to the weather forecast, no rain will be around in the next 40 minutes.
Drivers are now getting ready for the formation lap.
Raikkonen also being told that there should be no rain for the race. Hamilton being told about wind around the track.
Drivers are now waiting for the last few cars to join the back of the grid.
Ricciardo bumps into Vettel slightly – no major contact. It’s Ricciardo, Vettel, Hamilton who are the Top 3 – the rest of the drivers have behaved with no major contact.
Things are looking steady at the moment, drivers are respecting each other on the track.
Daniel Ricciardo now sets a fastest lap. Hamilton radioing the team and it looks like Ricciardo might be taking care of his tyres at the moment.
A 10 second penalty for Sirotkin.
Hamilton: “…the front right tyre is graining a little bit..”
Sirotkin now comes into the pits for his penalty.
Lewis Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time after radioing the team again…
Max Verstappen is now up in P14.
Stroll has a puncture – he’s coming into the pits despite radioing the team and questioning if he’ll be able to make it back. He’s in the pits and also changed the front wing and tyres.
Verstappen right behind Leclerc at the moment, he’s trying to find a spot to overtake.
Hamilton comes into the pits and goes onto the supersoft tyres.
Team to Vettel: “Keep this pace, stay out – keep pushing.”
Daniel Ricciardo sets another fastest lap time – he’s in the lead and controlling the race.
After his pit-stop, Hamilton is down in P5.
It’s Ricciardo, Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas and Hamilton.
Vettel now comes into the pits – he’s also on the Supersoft.
What are Red Bull planning with their pit-stops?
Verstappen is now up in P13 – he’s right behind Vandoorne and looking for a place to overtake.
Ricciardo now comes into the pits – he’s back out in the lead.
Bottas comes into the pits – it’s back to Ricciardo leading, Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen. Bottas drops down to p7.
Ocon is up in P5 and Alonso is now up in P6 – the pack at the front are all managing their tyres and races, respecting the track.
Alonso now comes into the pits – he’s also going onto the Supersoft tyres.
Team to Ricciardo: “People are struggling a lot more than you in the first stint – people are dropping off.”
Vettel has started to close the gap to Ricciardo.
Perez having an issue in the pits with his tyres losing a lot of time.
Ricciardo is losing a lot of time and Vettel is closing in.
Team to Ricciardo: “Raikkonen is pushing the others – he’s looking like the fastest.”
Ricciardo: “Ok, but is he closing in to Hamilton?”
Is Ricciardo backing up the drivers?
Team to Ricciardo: “OK mate, you’re doing a good job – the main focus is looking after these tyres.”
The top 4 drivers have closed the gap to one another – Vettel is closing in on Ricciardo. Raikkonen has closed in on Hamilton.
Hamilton complaining that his left front tyre is graining and he’s not even pushing….
Verstappen who’s up in P10 is complaining of an issue – “there’s a problem with downshift from third to second.”
Team to Verstappen: “No action required, no action required Max – we don’t think this will happen again.”
Ricciardo: “I’m losing power”
There’s worried faces in the Red Bull Racing garage…..
Vettel: “Does Daniel have a problem?”
Team to Vettel: “Yep – Keep pushing” He’s closing the gap to Ricciardo….
Team to Ricciardo: “Stay focused”
Ricciardo: “Yeah, I’m losing power though….”
The Red Bull Racing team are trying to motivate Ricciardo – urging him to push as much as possible.
In the meantime, Vettel has closed the gap and is putting the pressure on him.
Bottas has now closed the gap to Ricciardo following his pit-stop.
Team to Vettel: “His (Ricciardo’s) problem is not going to get any better….”
Team to Hamilton: “Top 4 cars are on the same tyres so there’s the same issues….”
Ricciardo: “Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help – gear shifts or anything.”
The team are now talking to Ricciardo and giving him instructions…
Team telling Hamilton that “they’re all in the same boat at the moment” in regards to their tyres…
Lance Stroll now comes into the pits for another tyre change.
A big lockup for Gasly who’s now in the pits for a tyre change and back out onto the track.
Bottas has closed the gap to Raikkonen and is now right behind him – putting the pressure on the Ferrari driver.
Hamilton: “I don’t think these tyres can go through for all these laps.”
Team to Hamilton: “Ricciardo has a power unit issue”
There’s issues with the tyres for a lot of the teams it seems…
Max Verstappen has now made his way up to P9 – from the back of the grid and on a circuit like Monaco, that’s a great result so far!
Team to Ricciardo: “Well done mate, a good job – your tyres are looking good, in very good condition and much better than Verstappen’s at the moment.”
Vettel is reporting an issue that his dashboard keeps blacking out.
Bottas has closed the gap to Raikkonen yet again .
Ricciardo: “Keep me updated on Max’s laps – it’s useful for me.”
Ricciardo is maintaining his time – looking after the tyres and respecting the track.
Hamilton has now closed the gap to Vettel.
Team to Bottas: “So Valtteri, we’re just playing the waiting game at the moment….”
Verstappen: “These tyres are gone – I’m sliding on all 4 tyres…”
No one is happy on these tyres – everyone is managing an issue of some sort…
Ricciardo, even though he’s managing, is losing time to Vettel however the straight is so short that Vettel can’t take advantage to overtake.
Verstappen comes into the pits for a tyre change – he’s on the Hypersoft tyres.
Team to Ricciardo: “We can see the warning on your dash – what you’re doing now is good.”
Sirotkin comes into the pits. Hulkenberg comes into the pits – both for a tyre change.
Ricciardo, Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Bottas – they’re the top 5 drivers at the moment and as we know, they’re maintaining their tyres.
Vettel has started to close the gap to Ricciardo as Hamilton has started to close the gap to Vettel – Ricciardo leading and looking after his tyres.
Alonso: “I don’t have power.”
Team to Alonso: “We can’t fix it, we can’t fix it but we can keep running like this…”
Fernando Alonso has a gearbox issue – he’s stopped the car on the side of the track and they’re wheeling it out of the way.
No overtaking is permitted due to the hazard on track. (Alonso’s car)
Verstappen is right behind Hulkenberg and Sainz.
Team to Hulkenberg: “Nico, Carlos will let you by – Carlos will let you by.”
Hulkenberg now makes his way past Sainz who blocks off Verstappen.
Vettel is has once again closed the gap to Ricciardo – right behind him as they make their way round the track, putting the pressure on Ricciardo.
Verstapen is right behind Sainz – he’s switching lines and trying to see where he can overtake.
Sainz: “He cut the chicane” In regards to Verstappen who cut the corner to overtake.
Verstappen: “Can you check the gearbox”
Ricciardo still in the lead – Vettel right behind but not yet close enough to overtake.
Max Versteppen sets the fastest lap time.
Bottas once again closing the gap to Raikkonen also suffering with a little lockup on the corner.
Stroll comes into the pits for another tyre change.
Ricciardo leading the race – Vettel right behind but not close enough.
Team to Versteppen: “Make sure any other overtakes are clean mate…”
Everyone looking after their tyres…
Team to Ricciardo: “I think that’s all for traffic until the end of the race.”
Everyone is managing their tyres – no changes. Verstappen is up in P9 which is a great result from the back of the grid.
Oh – Leclerc hits Hartley, he went right into the back of him.
Virtual Safety Car
Team to Ricciardo: “Looks like there’s debris on the left hand side”
DRS is now enabled
Ricciardo is pushing – he’s now widened the gap to Vettel.
There’s 3 laps to go of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.
Team to Ricciardo: “There are 3 laps to go, we suggest…..”
Ricciardo: “I’ve got it Buddy…”
Ricciardo is pushing – he’s going round the last few corners after what’s been a tough race with all the issues everyone has faced.
DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS THE 2018 MONACO GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo: “This is two years in the making, before halfway – I started feeling the loss of power and just using 6 gears, I brought the car home and had to manage it. There was a few doubts that came into my head during the race but you know what – we won Monaco!”
Interviews and much more will be online later this evening so make sure you check back for all the latest!