28 May 2018Hot off the Press
Australian drivers won two of the most prestigious motor sport events, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, on Sunday.
Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, racing for Red Bull, had an almost perfect Monaco Grand Prix, topping the time sheets in all practice and qualifying sessions, and winning in the Principality for the first time in his career.
Ricciardo held onto first place despite complaining of a loss of power in the first half of the race.
He managed to keep the Ferrari four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel at bay, even though he completed most of the race with just six of eight gears functioning.
Defending champion, four-time champion and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished the race in third.
The victory lifts Ricciardo up from fourth to third in the championship standings, and marks his seventh win and second pole position in Formula One.
Across the Atlantic, another Australian driver took victory in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Will Power, driving for Team Penske, secured victory in the 2018 IndyCar Series’ premier event, after qualifying in third.
American Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), who qualified for pole position, finished second, while New Zealander Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) finished third.
Nine drivers retired from the high-speed race, eight after making contact with other cars or the barriers, including Power’s compatriot James Davison, and Danica Patrick, who announced prior to the Indy 500 that she is retiring from motor sport.