"Probably the most boring race ever in Formula One".
"When we pitted early, I thought maybe it was looking like ever a two-stop race, but honestly we could control the pace".
Hamilton was the first of the front-runners to pit and discard Hypersofts for Ultrasofts, though repeatedly radioed his Mercedes team to complain of graining, doubting the longevity of the tyres. There are more roads so maybe we can change this great track and make it even better.
Many drivers agreed after Sunday's race in the Principality that the race was not exciting.
"Would I have loved to won the Monaco Grand Prix?" As such, it was the first Monaco GP to pass without a safety vehicle in a decade.
Mercedes gambled as Q2 began by switching to "ultra-soft" tyres in order, potentially, to start the race on them. "It was the longest 78 laps of my life!" More so because of the nature of Monaco, where overtaking is next to impossible. "He was a bit stronger, we couldn't follow, and I was going through the tyres a bit quicker".
Having started from pole position, Ricciardo looked comfortable in the lead before suffering a loss of power during the first third of the race, resulting in second-placed Vettel closing in.
Nervy Monaco GP rewards under fire Ricciardo
That Ricciardo could win from pole position in a vehicle that had had its power reduced by 25 percent confirmed both his maturing talent and the enforced tedious mediocrity of the racing.
It was the Red Bull driver's first win in Monte Carlo and made up for his 2016 heartbreak when a late pit-stop error cost him certain victory. Was Ricciardo driving too slowly? A full fuel tank usually slows the early race pace by 3-4 seconds, but this was clearly a case of Ricciardo doing what Formula 1 fans dislike their drivers to do - race management.
The predictability of the Monaco race is normally forgiven if there is some incident to enliven the glamorised choreography of what is a largely corporate festival, but this year's contest plumbed new depths of mediocrity. We still have a race to do tomorrow. Out went Nico Hulkenberg of Renault in 11th along with Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin of Williams, the impressive Monegasque Charles Leclerc for Sauber and Romain Grosjean of Haas.
Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top three, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas. The hypersofts were expected to last 22 laps, but Hamilton chose to do away with his after only 12 laps.
The win moves Ricciardo up to third in the standings on 72 points, but he is 24 shy of Vettel and 38 off Hamilton, who leads the way on 110.
It is shaping up to be an intriguing season, with Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton winning two races each.
Vettel, who harassed the Red Bull auto before conceding defeat in the closing stages of Sunday's glamorous grand prix, cuts Hamilton's championship lead to 14 points.