Five things you might have missed at the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix didn't offer up too much action on-track this year, but it's always a star-studded, eventful affair in the paddock. Here are the highlights:

Five things you might have missed at the Monaco Grand Prix

Danny flop

Daniel Ricciardo's Monaco victory in sheer adversity was mightily impressive. But he still has a weakness - it seems he cannot resist a man challenge.

Knowing about Red Bull's time-honoured pool victory parties at the Principality, Lewis Hamilton suggested Daniel - rather than deploy an elegant Mark Webber style blackflip - mark his triumph with a belly flop. To his credit Ricciardo was as good as his word.

Heard it through the waistline

Nico Rosberg clearly is enjoying his retirement, and it's no secret that an F1 fitness and diet regime is a big commitment for any driver to maintain.

In Monaco the 2016 world champion found slipping back into his old Mercedes rather like putting on an old pair of jeans from a few pounds ago. Unfortunately for him the rest of us got a live demonstration of the struggle too.

Vettel gets jacked

After qualifying one person was conspicuous by his absence - second place man Sebastian Vettel. In the televised top three interviews he and his Ferrari were nowhere to be seen.

And of course in F1 we don't need much encouragement to start theorising. Perhaps Seb was unhappy? Or had something to hide? Not so. After taking his car to the pitlane he was, apparently, on trolley duties.

A corner by any other name

Sainte Devote, Tabac, Rascasse... Corner names at Monaco not only are famous and time-honoured, but have a certain poetry about them. Perhaps some places just lend themselves to mellifluous titles.

But it took Force India to point out that there is nothing inevitable about this. We're not sure this particular suggestion from the team will catch on though.

Flying Finn

The Monaco Grand Prix always attracts many F1 legends from the past. Some simply do the PR circuit on the yachts; some though make it out on track, perhaps to pilot a car from their heyday.

Here is two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen taking an, as usual, individual interpretation of it all. Maximum attack indeed.

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