That wouldn't have been helped by his retirement in the race, and post-race he publicly criticised Monaco and applauded the Indy 500.
Everything went pear shaped when Ricciardo radioed in to tell his team that his auto was losing power. It's the first race this season where the McLaren driver has failed to pick up points.
There is also the problem of tampering with what is seen as a classic, historic grand prix.
"I've done everything I can so far so let's finish this job". That was the longest 78 laps ever. More so because of the nature of Monaco, where overtaking is next to impossible.
It was Ricciardo's second pole position and a repeat of his 2016 feat when he topped the times, but was unable to win the race due to a bungled late pit stop.
That said, the Briton, who is now engaged in his own contract negotiations with Mercedes, expects him to earn much more in future. Was Ricciardo driving too slowly?
Find out how to watch the race live on TV, with full Sky Sports and Channel 4 details below. Who knows? They could win many more races. Maybe we need two races. The two Finns, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, are the pair who would be most vulnerable to be replace, but Hamilton can not see a situation where he is driving alongside Ricciardo next season. This year it was a problem exacerbated by the use of the softest compound of tyres. The hypersofts were expected to last 22 laps, but Hamilton made a decision to do away with his after only 12 laps. This was Vettel's first podium appearance after winning the opening two rounds of the season.
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The leading drivers all opted for a one-stop strategy, which delivered a pass-free race that lacked any real pace. The Red Bull Racing prodigy, who has committed 6 errors out of 6 races this season, started last after a crash in Free Practice 3 that made his auto irreparable for qualifying.
"Ultimately we were turned down and just cruising around to make sure we got to the end", said Hamilton.
"There is only Ferrari and Mercedes he could consider - but it is unlikely he is coming here", he said.
Ricciardo then offered the huge bottle - but not the shoe - to Prince Albert of Monaco, who took a small sip. The driver disagrees but in reality and Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner seem to suggest otherwise.
"Congratulations to Daniel. They've had the pace all weekend, we knew they would", Hamilton said. I don't think that's going to happen. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 23.667, 7. Hulkenberg, Verstappen and Sainz clinched the last three points scoring positions.
"Extremely boring", Alonso, who retired with a gearbox problem, told reporters.
There was just one major crash at the Monaco GP with Charles Leclerc of Sauber rear-ending Torro Rosso's Brendon Hartley under braking on Lap 70.