Although some were left unimpressed by the action on track in Monaco, we've had far worse races in recent years. With a limping Red Bull at the front, another charging through the midfield and Formula 1's most luxurious surroundings, the race promised to be a satisfying venture for those paying attention.
Moving on up
▲ Pierre Gasly backed up his impressive performance in Bahrain by not only finishing in the points at the most challenging circuit on the calendar, but sneaking in to Q3 on Saturday and leaving his teammate for dust.
▲ Esteban Ocon slotted in to P6 as the best of the rest, delivering for his team after teammate Sergio Perez had a troubled race that left him in P12. Ocon is the quiet achiever of the F1 paddock, and despite being a smooth, classy and.... tall driver he continues to impress and could peak at the perfect time
▲ Daniel Ricciardo bossed the entire weekend, and closed the loop on an injustice two years in the making. Did you think we weren't going to mention him? Taking his seventh career victory in an under-powered car, he brings himself inline with Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya, and looks set to overtake Mark Webber—who has 9 victories—this year, if not next (but with which team?).
▼ Max Verstappen might have pulled off the most overtakes during the race, but his crash in practice which destroyed his chances of qualifying with the front-runners. At one of the only tracks at which Red Bull had an opportunity to lead from the front, he threw away a huge load of points, and extended his run of errors and incidents, making this year the worst of his short career.
▼ Lance Stroll joined Charles Leclerc for making the highlight reel for all the wrong reasons. Unlike Leclerc who had a genuine brake issue, Stroll made a clumsy manoeuvre and damaged his front wing and copped a front-left puncture for good measure. At first I would have guessed he clipped the exist of the nouvelle chicane, but even worse to drive straight into the back of another driver is a blemish on his race.
▼ Surprise reaction that Monaco is boring, come on people. F1 cars has out-grew the circuit forty years ago, we've been #blessed to have eventfully races in recent times, but to suddenly realise that Monaco is a snoozer just makes everyone look ignorant.