Daniel Ricciardo: Monaco owes me, and I want that win

Doug Mendoza
May 26, 2018

"We're closer to Red Bull and Ferrari than I expected, but we're still a few tenths off".

"History shows it can often be hard when there's two incredibly strong alphas within a team, but it seems to kind of work with him and Kimi - but if you really look you can honestly say that Kimi can't be too happy because there's certain scenarios that don't work out for him".

"I think he should go to Ferrari".

'But I don't anticipate that we will probably be driving together in our time, unless we do, like, Le Mans together one day which we should probably just murder, wouldn't we?' F1 managing director for commercial operations Sean Bratches said in January the practice wasn't appropriate anymore, a move which met with more approval outside of F1 itself.

"I do anticipate it's going to be a hard weekend", said Hamilton, who finished only seventh after having started 13th a year ago.

He has already stood on the top step of the Formula One podium this season, in China in April, and former champion Red Bull arrived in the principality with a sense of expectation. He then dropped back to 15th in second practice.

Nevertheless, as Ricciardo knows fortune can be a fickle mistress in Monaco and neither Ferrari nor Mercedes can be written off.

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Having an early win under his belt was also a boost for confidence, but Ricciardo said he had also changed his preparations this season. It's not going to happen without me putting the effort in.

Ricciardo said the auto felt better than last year's, and more like the one he had in 2016.

There was only 0.5secs between Hulkenberg in seventh and Sauber's Charles Leclerc in 17th.

Despite its concerns, the FIA has no evidence it has been used in such a manner and insiders say the FIA, after an inquiry lasting more than a month, is moving towards a position where it is satisfied there is no chance the energy store can be used in a way it should not be.

"We heard about it but it is normal that every now and again you have something popping up and then there's rumours", he said.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff responded to both the comments of Horner and Brown by reiterating what he stated weeks ago that there are no underlying issues delaying the process of Hamilton signing a new contract with Mercedes and that he and the team have simply not had the time to sit down and discuss it. "Ultimately it is the FIA's job to look after everyone and we trust them as much as the other teams do to do their job".

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