Ricciardo wins in Monte-Carlo
17 May 2010 – Having clinched pole position on Saturday, Daniel Ricciardo has won this weekend's sole race in Monte-Carlo. The Australian Tech 1 Racing man led home Russia's Mikhail Aleshin for Carlin and Spain's Albert Costa for Epsilon Euskadi as guest driver Alexander Rossi crashed his ISR car in Casino Square.
When the lights went out, Daniel Ricciardo made a perfect start and was first out of Sainte-Devote, ahead of Mikhail Aleshin, Albert Costa, Stefano Coletti (Comtec Racing) and Alexander Rossi (ISR). In a single lap, the Australian pulled away to a two second lead over Mikhail Aleshin.
Ricciardo, flying his Red Bull Junior Team colours, extended the gap on his rivals in the early stages of the race. Back in the peloton, Nathanaël Berthon (International Draco) was caught out in Mirabeau. Brendon Hartley (Tech 1 Racing) got the better of Jon Lancaster (Fortec Motorsport) and grabbed 8th place. The New Zealander then - in the space of a few turns - started to hone in on Filip Salaquarda (ISR), lying 7th.
On a spree, Brendon Hartley moved into 6th position a few laps later, getting past Sten Pentus. Growing in confidence, he came back wheel to wheel with the Coletti / Rossi duo. Hartley tried to pass and touched Rossi exiting Rascasse. Despite a damaged nose, the New Zealand driver went all out, but the American, freshman in the discipline this weekend, fought to defend his ground.
Out ahead, Daniel Ricciardo managed his lead. So, for the third successive year, a rookie took the win at Monaco. Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first win in the discipline, the third Monaco victory for Tech 1 Racing, ahead of Mikhail Aleshin and Albert Costa. Aleshin keeps the overall leadership in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, seven points ahead of Ricciardo.