Daniel Ricciardo champion in Monaco, Lance Stroll 17th

Daniel Ricciardo takes tense Monaco Grand Prix win on Red Bull’s 250th

Daniel Ricciardo takes tense Monaco Grand Prix win on Red Bull’s 250th

"Will it get better", a desperate Ricciardo asked over the team radio.

Still, former world champion Rosberg thinks Red Bull are in danger of coming to the end of their tether with regards to Verstappen. Along with McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne, who had just pitted and found himself stuck between the top two drivers, Ricciardo cruised the last two laps to win a race by 7.3 seconds over Vettel that was stolen from him when his pit crew made a crucial mistake back in 2016.

"You have done an unbelievable job today", team boss Christian Horner said after Ricciardo took the checkered flag 7.3 seconds clear of Vettel for his second win of the season and seventh of his career.

Ricciardo was denied a certain victory at the principality two years ago when his team botched up a regulation pit stop, and his triumph hung in the balance for much of the two hours.

"We had problems, a lot to deal with and before halfway I felt a loss of power and thought the race was done".

Eventually, both would also move onto the Ultrasoft tyre but it was shortly after that the Red Bull driver would report a loss of power and face being some 20kph slower on the straights. "He just needs to keep his head down and doing what he is now doing".

From then on, Ricciardo - with Vettel looming in his rearview mirrors - was a model of consistency on a track where overtaking is a challenge for even the greatest of talents.

For lap after lap, he kept the gap until Vettel's tyres showed signs of wear.

"Absolutely unbelievable, I don't know how you did that, Daniel", said engineer Simon Rennie.

The bad luck of the day has hit the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Sauber) to about six laps from the end of the race.

"Two years in the making this, so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived", said Ricciardo.

"I don't think we'll be able to maintain that kind of rhythm in a circuit like Montreal", he said.

A largely processional race - "boring" according to Hamilton, who said he would "have been asleep on the couch" if watching at home - saw a virtual safety auto needed in the closing laps.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth with Valtteri Bottas fifth for Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo has split the last four races with Lewis Hamilton, winning two each.

French driver Esteban Ocon took his Force India to sixth place, ahead of compatriot Pierre Gasly in a Toro Rosso and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

For Red Bull, this marks what will be seen as a broadly very positive start to the season, despite the disappointment after their drivers took one another out in Baku, and Max Verstappen's crash in practice that forced him to start from the back of the grid, which he managed to convert into ninth place.

Ricciardo had already smashed the all-time track record repeatedly in practice before qualifying in 1:10.810.

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