Canadian Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo says he’s aiming to close the points gap in the title chase when Formula 1 touches down in Quebec next week.
Ricciardo heads to Canada, scene of his first ever Formula 1 victory back in 2014, on a high after claiming his first Monaco Grand Prix win last weekend.
With the Red Bull RB14 the dominant package on the sinewy streets of Monte Carlo, Montreal’s Circuit De Villeneuve shares some characteristics with the French Riviera. While both are street ciruits, Canada is a track that rewards power; something that the Renault engine powering Red Bull lacks a little compared to rivals Ferrari & Mercedes. While Renault are bringing an updated version of their engine to Montreal, it’s not yet clear whether Red Bull will have it available to them.
However, Ricciardo says he feels they’ll be competitive regardless: “After winning in Monaco it’s awesome to be going straight to another street circuit that I love. It’s definitely one of my favourite races of the year, both because of the track and also the city of Montreal itself. The city is just awesome.”
“I’ve had some mixed results in the race but I did win my first Grand Prix there in 2014 and had a podium last year. We’ve got some new updates coming, it’s the hypersoft tyre again, the chassis is running sweet, so we could be looking alright. Hopefully we can have another strong weekend and start chasing down the championship leaders.”
Ricciardo is currently 38 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, having had two retirements from strong points position; both Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel ahead have yet to retire from a race. As a result, Ricciardo says he believes that “the guys ahead have a bit of a buffer”, but that “another race win before the summer break might set us up as on outside chance for the title”.