Ricciardo confident after Red Bull's Thursday showing

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Ricciardo confident after Red Bull's Thursday showing

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Ricciardo confident after Red Bull's Thursday showing

Daniel Ricciardo wants Red Bull to dominate the Monaco Grand Prix weekend and sees no reason to change that target after Thursday’s practice sessions.

With the RB14 particularly strong in the low-speed final sector in Barcelona, Red Bull was tipped to be the favorite in Monaco. Ricciardo then duly backed up that expectation by setting the pace in each of the two practice sessions, with teammate Max Verstappen ensuring it was a Red Bull one-two on both occasions.

Asked if pole position is the goal for Saturday given the strong start, Ricciardo replied: “It is the target for sure.

“The intention this weekend was to try and win, and be dominant. Today is good. It is a good start. We topped the sessions, so for now we have done all we can. But we have a day off, then Saturday, and I am sure Ferrari and Mercedes will start to put pressure on us. But today we did what we could so I am happy.

“For sure both cars today ran really well. In both sessions we were always fighting for the top place, me and Max, so you never know what the others will do, the other two big teams, but today was good. We can find a bit more but we are more or less there and Saturday afternoon is going to be very close.”

However, Ricciardo acknowledges Red Bull is likely to come under more pressure from the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari in qualifying due to their ability to use different engine modes.

“It is going to tighten up on Saturday. But all we can do today is try and top it and we did. A good start, both cars are strong. Our long run looked decent. It is not everything around here, but we seem to be good in all conditions at the moment.”

One anomaly of the Monaco weekend is a lack of track action on Friday, with FP3 and qualifying taking place on Saturday. But Ricciardo says that doesn’t mean a day off for the drivers.

“It is a weird schedule. I don’t know if they are ever going to change it here and actually just do a normal race weekend, but tomorrow is busy. We end up spending seven hours at the track with a lot of marketing stuff and autograph sessions. But then we will come and do some engineering as well, try and figure out what they found overnight and what to do for Saturday. So busy.”

–Chris Medland

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