Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to rectify his missed opportunity at last round’s Spanish Grand Prix by capitalising on Red Bull’s strong aero package alongside an upgraded power unit at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The strategy employed to cover Ferrari’s undercut during the Spanish Grand Prix ultimately cost Ricciardo a shot at winning the race, although the Australian’s pace through the streets of Monaco is putting him in a strong position for Sunday’s race.
“I didn’t win the last one, so this is the plan,”
“In general if you could pick your wins on the calendar, Monaco is probably on top of the list. It is so prestigious, and it really is a definitely on the whole calendar the most ‘drivers’ track’ we come across.
“So there is a little bit of prestige and confidence around this place – if you can win here it is a good feeling. Today we were quick but I’d be surprised if we can keep that gap in qualifying.”
Renault brought forward their upgraded power unit by one race after their successful running during the post-Spanish Grand Prix test. However, since the power unit was to be introduced this round in Monaco, rather than in a fortnight in Canada, the French manufacturer only had time to build two, one for each driver of their two supplied teams.
Although Monaco isn’t a circuit that’s power dominant, the package as a whole that Red Bull now have is good enough to challenge Mercedes around the streets of Monte Carlo.
“The engine is a little bit [better] but it’s not [all that important]. We’ve got a good car around here so I think it’s a little bit down to both. I’ve always said let’s see how we go in qualifying but today I’m happy,” Ricciardo continued.
“This track is certainly one where you can find a little bit more if you’re willing to push it on the limit. I’ve always enjoyed it around here, I felt more comfortable this afternoon with the balance, I think we made good progress.”
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