Lewis Hamilton expects Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton expects Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull

"I said to Prince Albert the other day maybe it's time to make it longer", he said of the track.

"At the moment, he (Ricciardo) is pretty much the lead driver in that team, so it's not a bad place to be", he added. "I think he had a problem halfway through with his MGU-K, I think toward the end that picked up again".

Lewis Hamilton said the drivers were "cruising around from lap six", and not really competing in the general GP manner. "I'm stoked. There were a few doubts that came in mid-race, but we've won Monaco - feels good, feels good".

As for the championship fight, Vettel's second place meant he claimed just three points back on Lewis Hamilton in the standings, the Mercedes man labouring to third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.

That said, the Briton, who is now engaged in his own contract negotiations with Mercedes, expects him to earn much more in future.

"Thank God that's over", he said over his radio, "that was the most boring race I've ever participated in".

He countered an earlier pit stop from Hamilton's Mercedes but on lap 29 reported a drop in power in his Red Bull Renault. "They had the pace all weekend, as we knew they would. We knew that would be the case".

Having missed qualifying because his auto could not be repaired in time following his FP3 shunt, Verstappen then had to watch on as team mate Daniel Ricciardo captured pole.

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Vettel was further disadvantaged by the VSC when Stoffel Vandoorne emerged from a pit stop directly ahead of him and slowed the Ferrari just before racing resumed and the track went green.

Red Bull, who have Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstapppen on a long-term deal, also want the 28-year-old to stay.

Hamilton lamented the shackling of his racing instinct to a holding pattern for 78 laps necessitated by the impossibility of overtaking.

The Red Bull driver reported a loss of power on lap 28, an issue serious enough for the team to consider telling him to stop the auto and save the engine.

"At some stage Red Bull are going to get an engine and then they will be even closer in the mix with us".

"They could win many more races and he just has to keep his head down and keep doing what he's doing and he should have his options ready".

Hamilton made an audacious move by pitting for new tires several laps before his rivals, but was anxious they would wear out by the end.

Nevertheless, Vettel's power advantage was offset by tire struggles; Ricciardo scampered away in corners, and Vettel surged back on the straights and through the tunnel.

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