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GP Week : Issue 221
red Bull employed team orders late in the Monaco Grand Prix in an attempt to snare an unlikely podium. Daniil Kvyat was running fourth, having moved by teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the start, and looked set for his best result in Formula One. But following the late race safety car Kvyat was told to move aside for the hard charging Australian. Ricciardo had stopped some 20 laps after Kvyat and was making good use of his newer tyres. He slid by Kimi Raikkonen at Mirabeau, giving the Finn a whack as he went by for good measure, before quickly closing on Kvyat in fourth. As Lewis Hamilton clamboured over the rear of Sebastian Vettel's car Red Bull smelled blood and cleared the road for Ricciardo to set off in pursuit. Red Bull hoped for a repeat of the incident which drew the final safety car - a mis-judgement which ended Max Verstappen's race in the wall. It was a smart move from Red Bull since a frustrated Hamilton was desperate to find a way through. The chances of contact and an opportunity to seize a place at the death were high. Vettel and Hamilton though kept their powder dry, and try as the Mercedes driver might there was no way through. Realising that, and with any hope of gaining a podium place gone, Red Bull reversed its drivers on track in the final metres of the race. It saw Kvyat finish fourth and Ricciardo fifth; the Russian the better of the two on the day. 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONACO PARTNERS: playing the team game