Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo sprays champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit on May 27, 2018 in Monaco. (AFP / Boris HORVAT)
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Daniel Ricciardo came of age as a world championship contender on Sunday when he overcame chronic power problems to claim a cherished and redemptive triumph for Red Bull at the Monaco Grand Prix.Ricciardo came home 7.3 seconds clear of Vettel after 78 largely processional laps with championship leader Lewis Hamilton finishing third for Mercedes.Ricciardo also pitted, on lap 17, and within a lap the original grid order was re-established thanks to all the leading group switching to new rubber.On lap 28, Red Bull were given worse news when Ricciardo reported 'losing power'. Vettel was faster behind him by six-tenths and closing the gap.By lap 32, Ricciardo's lead was down to 1.2 seconds with Hamilton nine seconds adrift in third.Tyre performance was clearly the most telling factor as Ricciardo hung on grimly ahead of Vettel and a frustrated, grumbling Hamilton, who variously described his tyres as bald, grained and worse, but continued to close on the leading duo.
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