Going back to a street track which is more about the effeicency of the car rather than the outright power is a boon for Red Bull, but Daniel Riccairdo has time to find on Mercedes and his own teammate if he is going to get the win he dearly wanted in Monaco.
The Australian was robbed of victory in Monaco earlier in the season through a dodgy pit stop from the team that lost him the lead to Lewis Hamilton in which he was unable to reclaim, and was clearly not happy on the podium. He sees this weekend as a way of trying to claim that win back, but it was his teammate Max Verstappen who opened practice fastest, and was also the faster of the two in second practice.
Ricciardo said, “This circuit is always difficult. You’re pushing the limit on a street circuit and you want to be comfortable in qualifying so today is the day to experiment. I had a bit of a spin and touched the barrier but the car was more or less okay.
“It’s hot, it’s tricky and everything is a little bit on the edge here for sure, but to find a few tenths on this circuit can be quite easy, because there are so many corners and with the tyres overheating in the last sector you can lose or gain a lot.
“We still feel that we can get a little bit more speed out of the car so that’s what tonight is for. Even if we find a few small things, then they will hopefully add up to quite a bit of lap time here tomorrow.”