Podium for Ric­cia­rdo in Monaco

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - Bill Buys

DANIEL Ric­cia­rdo took his sec­ond trip to the podium this year with a strong third place in an in­ci­dent-packed Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

The Dun­craig driver fin­ished a frac­tion of a sec­ond be­hind the Fer­rari of sec­ond-placed Kimi Raikko­nen, three sec­onds astern of win­ner and Fer­rari team­mate Se­bastien Vet­tel.

Fer­rari led from start to fin­ish on the nar­row, twisty streets of the prin­ci­pal­ity’s iconic cir­cuit, with pole-sit­ter Raikko­nen lead­ing un­til lap 40 of the 78-lap race.

Ric­cia­rdo started from fifth on the grid and stayed out longer than team­mate Max Ver­stap­pen and Mercedes’ Valt­teri Bot­tas, a ju­di­cious move that let him leapfrog the two and re­join the race with a clear track.

He made the most of it, steadily cut­ting into Raikko­nen’s lead and was just marginally be­hind at the fin­ish, de­spite clip­ping a wall in the fran­tic fi­nal laps.

On the podium, a ju­bi­lant Vet­tel took his tro­phy from Prince Al­bert and a wide-smil­ing Ric­cia­rdo kissed his tro­phy.

Daniel Ric­cia­rdo was thrilled to fin­ish third at Monaco.

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