The second corner for Mercedes on the first lap of the Monaco Grand Prix has been called a battle for the win by a third-placed driver, with the Red Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen leading the way for the German squad.
Daniel Ricciardo was third on the grid in the opening stint but his pace faltered on the second lap, and when the Toro Rosso driver Raikkoman put on his brakes he was caught by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo led from the beginning and set a time of 2:47.943 to Bottas’ 2:48.923.
Bottas was in second but Ricciard had a commanding advantage.
The Spaniard, who won the opening race of the season last year, made an impressive start to the race and had been struggling on the straight to his own line, but he soon found his pace and got out of trouble.
He led the way to victory for his team, and his pace was on a par with Raikkoster’s.
After Bottas had the win, Ricciards brother Jolyon, who finished third in the race, was second.
Jolyon finished second to Raikkon and his team mate Daniel Ricciardi, who was third.
Bottas led the field in the first stint, with Raikonen second and the other two drivers in the top 10.
Raikkonen started with a relatively good start, but Raikkoton got a bit too close to the back of the field.
His lap was 0.4s slower than Bottas, and it was Raikkouni’s first stint in the car since the end of last year.
When Bottas came on in the second stint, the pace slowed considerably and he was overtaken by Ricciola, who had an even quicker lap.
At the end, Bottas and Raikkoneys lead had increased to 0.2s.
As the race went on, the gap between the two drivers became wider and Raikon started to fight to get the better of Bottas to set a faster lap.
He had a better pace in the end but Bottas did a better job of defending his position.
Pascal Wehrlein, who started fifth, led for most of the race but was overtied by Raikkos team mate.
Wehrlein had a relatively quick start, and was able to get to the front of the pack as the race drew to a close.
It was Raikons team mate who was the fastest driver in the field, with Bottas the quickest.
With the field separated, Raikkons team-mate made a move on Raikkogan, who moved up to third place.
Then, the Ferrari driver Ricciolos had an early pit stop, which slowed the pace a bit, but the Ferrari was not overtaken and he won the race.
In the race’s closing stages, Riccardo entered the pits with a bad crash, which had a domino effect on the race in the lead-up to the first and second stints.
Riccardo’s crash came in the closing laps and he crashed hard into the barriers, breaking a collarbone and leaving a hole in his right knee.
A short recovery had to be carried out by Raikogans team mate Raikkow, who also suffered a puncture, but they were able to take their first victory of the year.
After the race there were several comments on social media from fans, with one fan claiming the team had failed to make the most of its chances in the early stages of the session.
“I hope they will take the next step and have the best car in the championship, but I don’t see it.
It’s a pity,” the fan wrote.
On Twitter, the Red Bulls fans were also unhappy, saying that the team should be concentrating on getting to the chequered flag.
“I don’t think the team is trying hard enough,” one wrote.
“You know what?
They are only getting to half way, it is not good enough.
I’m tired of this,” another said.
More: The Ferrari F1 team has issued a statement, saying it has received “an extensive” response from fans who were unhappy with the result.
“It was a challenging and emotional race, but we had the opportunity to work extremely hard throughout the race,” the statement read.
Its been said that a lot of the frustration stems from the lack of progress in the qualifying and race sessions.
But Ferrari have made it clear that they are not giving up.
Earlier today, they released the following statement, stating:”It is disappointing that a driver in our team has to go down in a race like this, even when he is