A smooth weekend almost turned into heartbreak for Daniel Ricciardo, but he made it home to take a great victory: ''Two years in the making this, so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived. We had problems. I don’t know how much the radio broadcast, but we had a lot to deal with during the race. I think it was before half way, I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done and we got home just using six gears. Thanks to the team we got it back. I’m stoked. China obviously got everything going and got the adrenalin going and whatnot but as a whole this is probably the best weekend of my career.''
Sebastian Vettel collected his first podium since Bahrain: I think we had the pace but it was a tricky race. I think Daniel had the answers at all times. First stint I could follow him fairly easily and then he started to push just, I think, when Lewis started to pit. Then he was a bit stronger there and I couldn’t follow. I was going through the tyres fairly quick. Next stint was a bit the same. I think he had a problem half way through with his MGU-K. I think towards the end I picked again but at the re-start I just didn’t have much confidence in the tyres and I lost quite a lot, otherwise it would have been nice to keep the pressure on until the end.
It was another top 3 finish for Lewis Hamilton, but he didn't enjoy the race at all: "We were just cruising around from lap six, maybe. Literally cruising. So, it wasn't really racing. I mean, Daniel did a great job today, so super happy for him, but ultimately, we were all turned down and just cruising around, making sure we get to the end. I don't know if that was exciting for you guys to watch. If it is, no problem."
Fellow World Champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen agreed with the Brit and they both labelled the race as ''boring''.
On a track where most people would have expected Force India to struggle, Frenchman Esteban Ocon came home in a brilliant P6: "A fantastic result today. I'm really happy and it was great fun. The pace we had was impressive and the team did a fantastic job with the strategy. We had a great understanding of the tyres and there were times during the race when we were the fastest car on track. In the final few laps I was catching Bottas and Raikkonen by over a second per lap and I was right behind them at the end. It feels great to get this result and a good bunch of points after a few disappointing races. I hope we can have many more weekends like this one."
Ocon's fellow Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, had a superb first F1 race in Monaco as he got a fantastic 7th place finish on Sunday: "My first Monaco GP in Formula 1 and my second time in the points, honestly, it was an amazing race! Starting P10, we knew it could be difficult but the car was just so fast! I tried to be careful with the tyres from the beginning, and when I was alone on track I could just push flat out because I was feeling good with the car. We managed to exit after the pits in front of the others and I fought hard to keep Hulkenberg behind because we know that in Monaco it's hard to pass. I just tried to stay focussed and not to make any mistakes because in the end the tyres were quite used – It wasn't easy but we managed to finish in P7. I'm just super happy!"
Following a disappointing qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg used an alternative strategy to climb up from P11 to grab four points in P8: “It’s a positive feeling today. I had the possibility of running a different strategy to Carlos and it worked well. It was a good recovery from a not so successful qualifying yesterday and I think eighth was the best we could do in the situation. My first stint was very successful. It was very difficult in the middle as I had a lot of graining, but the tyre recovered and I could do some very quick laps and it brought the race back to me. That’s the thing with Monaco; it can be crazy or it can be like today, but we made the most of the opportunities.”
It was a recovery mission for Max Verstappen from the back of the field today and salvaged two points: "I just didn't want to go to risky and have a crash. I cannot be in that position now. I did everything with a certain margin. I knew if I had taken a bit more risk then I still wouldn't have got past them. I think we maximised the result. At the end there was a bit of train from P4 to P9. I don't think there was anything more we could have done from last."