Wed, May 30, 12:17pm by Staff Writer
Daniel Ricciardo managed to defy the odds to win the Monaco Grand Prix, his second race win of the season.
It was his first win from pole position in his career, with a triumphant Ricciardo emotional post-race.
He crossed the line 7.3 seconds ahead of Vettel in a dour race in across the 3.3km street course.
Ricciardo’s Red Bull was troubled by power problems early in the race, with the Australian operating at 25 per cent less power for the final 50 lap of the 78-lap course.
Ricciardo’s win has moved his outright odds in to $23 at Sportsbet, but he still trails Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in the Championship market, with both drivers finishing on the podium in Monaco.
It was a frustrating day for Vettel, who was beaten by Ricciardo’s defensive driving and composure, despite the German’s best efforts.
The Ferrari driver has trimmed the deficit between himself and Hamilton to 14 points in the drivers Championship, with Hamilton the leader on 110 points and Vettel trailing on 96 points.
Ricciardo is in third pace on 72 points ahead of the Finnish pair of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.
Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen has had a disappointing season to date, as the Dutchman finished ninth in Monaco and is $81 to win the Championship.
He is in sixth position in the standings and with only one podium finish this season, it has been a disappointing first six races for one of the most promising riders on the circuit.
Mercedes continue to have a stranglehold on the Constructors Championship, leading Ferrari by 22 points.
The German manufacturer is the clear favourite to take out the crown at $1.30 at Sportsbet, ahead of Ferrari at $4. Red Bull Racing leads the remaining pack at $19, although they are little chance of chasing down Mercedes or Ferrari, even at this early stage of the season.
The next Grand Prix takes place in Canada on June 10, with Lewis Hamilton once again the favourite at $2.10.
It will be the 55th time the Formula One event has been staged in Montreal, with Hamilton having one the race last year ahead of team mate Bottas and Red Bull’s Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel is a $4 chance of winning Montreal, with Bottas at $5.50 and Ricciardo at $9 the next best.
Sportsbet F1 Markets
Lewis Hamilton $1.50
Sebastian Vettel $2.88
Daniel Ricciardo $23
Valtteri Bottas $41
Max Verstappen $81
Kimi Raikkonen $151
Red Bull Racing $19
Force India $501
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