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Wrong strategic call costs Ricciardo win at Monaco GP, Hamilton takes the podium

Snapshot: Daniel Ricciardo 'feels like he has been run over' after Red Bull error over a pit stop call.

It could have a back-to-back victory for the Red Bull after years at the 2016 Monaco GP. But a wrong strategy call for a pit stop not only proved it fatal for the team, but also costed Daniel Ricciardo his podium finish. The unlucky Australian lost the race to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after his team failed to let his car leave the pit on time and took 14-second to get his car ready, leaving Daniel a very unhappy man.

"How do I feel? Without swearing it's difficult," a despondent Ricciardo said. "Like I've been run over by an 18-wheel truck for the second weekend in a row. "I think I took Barcelona as well as I could; but for me to be positive this time, I can't. I actually hate being like this, being miserable - I got a podium in Monaco, I should be happy and grateful.

On whether he will talk to the team over the error, Ricciardo said: "Not today. I don't think we can achieve anything today. I just want to get the hell out of here to be honest." The rain hit race saw the safety car leading the herd around the streets of Monte Carlo. Soon as the Safety car was let go, Ricciardo rushed ahead, before falling behind after the strategy goof-up.

Nevertheless, it was a good day for many, if not for Ricciardo at the Monaco. Sergio Perez of Force India won his first podium of the season, leaving Ferrari once again out of the podium sight, as Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. But it was a tremendous day for Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard finished fifth in his McLaren, a much needed good finish. Hulkenberg's Force India F1 car came sixth, making it a good race for the outfit after a long time.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg has a bad day and finished sixth, losing important points and reducing points difference from 43 to 24 points to Hamilton. Torro Rosso's Carlos Sainz won an eighth spot for himself, while Jenson Button finished ninth, enabling both the McLarens to finish in top 10. Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished tenth, completing the top 10 of the Monaco GP.

It was a sad day for Max Verstappen who become the youngest F1 driver ever to take a podium in the last race. Max crashed for the third time in two days, even though he drove ferociously and overtook more cars than anyone.  

Though Ricciardo finished seven seconds behind Hamilton, he moves up to third in the drivers' standing with 66 points. Hamilton on the other hand, moves an inch closer to the season16 leader and team mate Nico Rosberg with 82 points, 24 points behind Rosberg with 106 points. At the constructors’ table, Mercedes has a lead with 188 points, followed by Ferrari at 121 points and Red Bull at 112.

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Results-

DRIVER

COUNTRY

TEAM

TIME

POINTS

LEWIS HAMILTON

GBR

MERCEDES

1:59:29.133

25

DANIEL RICCIARDO

AUS

RED BULL RACING

+7.252s

18

SERGIO PEREZ

MEX

FORCE INDIA

+13.825s

15

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

GER

FERRARI

+15.846s

12

FERNANDO ALONSO

ESP

MCLAREN

+85.076s

10

NICO HULKENBERG

GER

FORCE INDIA

+92.999s

8

NICO ROSBERG

GER

MERCEDES

+93.290s

6

CARLOS SAINZ

ESP

TORO ROSSO

+1 lap

4

JENSON BUTTON

GBR

MCLAREN

+1 lap

2

FELIPE MASSA

BRA

WILLIAMS

+1 lap

1

ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ

MEX

HAAS

+1 lap

0

VALTTERI BOTTAS

FIN

WILLIAMS

+1 lap

0

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

FRA

HAAS

+2 laps

0

PASCAL WEHRLEIN

GER

MANOR

+2 laps

0

RIO HARYANTO

INA

MANOR

+4 laps

0

MARCUS ERICSSON

SWE

SAUBER

DNF

0

FELIPE NASR

BRA

SAUBER

DNF

0

MAX VERSTAPPEN

NED

RED BULL RACING

DNF

0

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN

DEN

RENAULT

DNF

0

DANIIL KVYAT

RUS

TORO ROSSO

DNF

0

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

FIN

FERRARI

DNF

0

JOLYON PALMER

GBR

RENAULT

DNF

0

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