Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo all smiles ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 2, 2017 Updated: 4:18 AM
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo will be smiling all the way to the Canadian Grand Prix after taking his second podium of the season at last week's Monaco Grand Prix. The 27-year-old is optimistic about the upcoming event which he won in 2014.
“I’ve had a race win there and it’s great fun both on and off-track. What’s not to love?
“It’s also a tricky track to get right and although there aren’t a whole lot of corners they are all quite complex.
I was pretty happy with my qualifying lap last year and the last chicane was fun but it would be really great to get back on the podium.”
In preparation for next week’s race, Ricciardo plans to spend some time in California, one of his favorite places to visit whenever he is in the states.
“I will definitely spend some time in the US before heading to the race. I’ve got some friends coming with me so we will probably go to California first and maybe I will go on a little road trip after the race weekend.”
As for his teammate Max Verstappen, he is hoping to bounce back after a disappointing weekend in Monaco. He is also hoping to enjoy one of his favorite parts of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“One of my favorite points on the track is also one of the trickiest and that’s the last chicane. You arrive at the braking point at very high speed and the brakes can be quite cold. It’s tricky to really nail this corner but I had a good battle with Nico there last year and it’s always good when you come out in front. There are also tight walls on the exit of the chicane and you should be careful not to brush these as it is easy to damage a wheel rim. As usual, the cars will run slightly less downforce in Canada so they will be a little looser under braking but we have more grip this year so it should be more comfortable for everyone compared to 2016.”
Ricciardo took his second podium after a long run strategy that allowed him to over-cut Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and teammate Max Verstappen.
But Ricciardo's smile will be put to the test as the team will face some challenges next week heading to a track that relies on power. Unlike Monaco, which plays to the aerodynamics of the RB13, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is regarded as a power track due to its long straights, which are more likely to favor the power of teams like Mercedes and Ferrari.
Despite the challenges, team principal Christian Horner was pleased with last week's result in Monaco and is optimistic about the team improving going forward.
“The cars took another step forward here in Monaco and we thank the team at ExxonMobil for bringing an engine oil upgrade here for us, another incremental gain in performance, and we now look forward to Montreal.”