Monaco Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo says the team’s competitiveness in the slow section of Catalunya is encouraging for Monte Carlo.
Ricciardo heads into Monaco as one of the favourites for the race win. Red Bull, who will celebrate their 250th Grand Prix as a team in the Principality next weekend, have usually been very competitive on the streets, even at the height of Mercedes domination in the hybrid era. This is due to their car having excellent mechanical grip and downforce, while their slight engine power deficit is inconsequential on the low speed circuit.
“Monaco is my favourite race of the year because it creates the most adrenaline and excitement.” grinned Ricciardo ahead of the event.
“The circuit is insane; I don’t want to say that we shouldn’t race cars on it because we should and it’s the best thing ever, but it’s crazy to think we race around the streets so close to the walls like we do. I just love the whole atmosphere, there’s a lot of intensity and the risk and reward is the best of the year. Hopefully, I’ll also get some redemption. Tabac and the swimming pool, I love all of that. Turns 12, 13 and 14, over the kerbs and pretty much the end of the second sector and start of the third is my favourite.”
With the track in Catalunya last time out having slower speed corners and a chicane, Ricciardo said that the team’s speed in the sector should translate well over to Monte Carlo:
“The encouraging thing from Barcelona is that we were quick in the third sector and that is probably the closest to Monaco, so hopefully that shows what we can do.”