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Ricciardo targeting victory after Red Bulls dominate practice

Monaco Grand Prix – Following their long and short-run pace on Thursday’s practice, Daniel Ricciardo has set his sights on victory around the streets of Monaco.

The Red Bulls were the team to beat in practice; they took one-twos in both practice sessions, with Ricciardo leading team-mate Max Verstappen on both occasions.

Their pace was backed up by impressive long run pace on the hypersoft tyres, leaving Ricciardo optimstic about his chances of victory.

“Having the hypersoft tyre gives us that little bit more grip and it’s pretty cool to be breaking lap records. I’m glad that was the fastest lap that anyone has ever done as it felt so quick, but I think on Saturday we will go even quicker again,” said Ricciardo.

“Some parts of the track are just amazing, Tabac and Turn 12 in particular are a lot of fun. The intention this weekend is to try and win and be dominant. Both cars today ran really well in the sessions and Max and I were fighting for the top spot all day.”

He added that he believed their rivals would find more time in qualifying and reduce the gap to the Red Bulls.

“I think come Qualifying the others will turn it up and I’m sure it will tighten up as you never know what the other teams are doing, but all we could do today was try and top the times, which is what we have done.”

Ricciardo was denied his first victory at Monte Carlo in 2016 due to a pit stop error, eventually finishing second to Lewis Hamilton.

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