Daniel Ricciardo secured a gutsy victory against the odds at the Monaco Grand Prix after grappling with power unit issues for two thirds of the 78-lap race. "We just start in our qualifying position and we run to the flag in that position".
The Red Bull driver led from start to finish, but as early as Lap 19 suffered a loss of power from his energy recovery system that allowed Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari to close in on the back of his vehicle.
It goes some way to making up for his bad luck at the same venue two years ago when a win went begging.
Vettel had no response for Ricciardo's time despite improving on his second attempt in Q3 to move ahead of championship leader Hamilton, who did not improve on his second flying lap.
Two-time world champion Alonso, twice a victor on the narrow street circuit in the Mediterranean principality, was not the first or only driver to complain after a contest lacking incident and excitement.
"I said to Prince Albert the other day, maybe it's time to make it (the track) longer", continued Hamilton.
"He reported a sudden loss of power, and the engine guys could see from the data that the MGU-K had stopped completely", said Horner. We got home just using six gears.
"When we pitted early, I thought maybe it was looking like ever a two-stop race, but honestly we could control the pace".
Hamilton suggested looking over the Atlantic for inspiration to create a closer race. Bahrain - he would have been a genuine contender there [had he not retired early in the race], and we know what happened in Baku [when the Red Bull drivers crashed together while running fourth and fifth]. "I don't feel there was a threat to Daniel's time today". Then he was a bit stronger there and I couldn't follow.
"I just didn't have much confidence in the tyres so I lost quite a lot". "I can not permit myself to go all in and see what the outcome is. Otherwise it would have been nice to keep the pressure up to the end".
Ricciardo will be optimistic of grabbing his second win of the season, after victory in China last month, and seventh overall.
Lewis Hamilton has predicted Daniel Ricciardo will stay at Red Bull for 2019 as the Monaco GP victor prepares to consider his options for next season. He immediately fell into the clutches of Vettel, who went into full-on attack mode. He tried without success through the rest of the race. He sustained damage to his front wing and right front tire, while the suspension was broken. The display eventually came back, but the tyre problems persisted and it soon became clear that only a mistake from the vehicle in front would result in an overtaking opportunity.
From the list of retirements, the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix saw only one mechanical retirement - Alonso, who suffered from a gearbox failure; reminding us of the days when Honda powered his Mclaren.
"A tough old race out there", Hartley said.