Monaco Grand Prix – After qualifying seventh for the Monaco Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo believes that “brave” changes helped turn the Renault into a Q3 contender.
Having originally struggled for pace on the streets of Monaco, Renault looked like they might fall behind their midfield rivals, but the team managed to get one car into the final part of qualifying, with Daniel Ricciardo settig the seventh-fastest time.
Ricciardo has since been promoted to sixth on the grid following a grid-drop penalty for Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly, who originally finished qualifying in fifth. Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg lines up in eleventh place for the race.
Speaking after qualifying, Ricciardo said that he felt ambitious setup changes were vital in improving the team’s fortunes in Monaco.
“On Thursday night, if you would’ve made a deal with me that I would be seventh in qualifying, then I would’ve accepted it,” said Ricciardo.
“I always knew we could be better, but nothing was ever guaranteed. At that time we were about eight tenths off our rivals, and to get into Q3 we needed to find about half-a-second from where we were on Thursday at least.
“We made a bit of a step this morning, but it still wasn’t enough. I think we had to do something else [setup-related] in qualifying as well, otherwise being conservative wasn’t really going to assist us anywhere.
“We made a few brave changes for qualifying. I think it worked, but also we just took a good rhythm from Q1 and just took it and built on that.
“We went in a direction that was more as far as I’ve gone [previously], now we’ve gone the step further with some mechanical stuff that I haven’t really run with for a while, but it all made sense of paper that we needed to do it.
“I guess I got to the level I needed to at the right moment and that’s all that counts.”