Daniel Ricciardo sees his victory in the Monaco Grand Prix as redemption after being robbed of victory by a Red Bull pit stop error two years ago.
In 2016, Ricciardo had taken his first pole position and been quickest all weekend when a slow pit stop dropped him behind Lewis Hamilton and limited him to second place. Having taken the second pole position of his career on Saturday, Ricciardo described the job as “50% done,” and duly delivered victory despite being hampered by a loss of power for much of the race.
“I think I can show more emotion today than yesterday,” Ricciardo (pictured diving into the swimming pool to celebrate at the Red Bull Energy Station) said of his first win in Monaco. “Two years in the making, this, so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived. We had problems. I don’t know how much the radio broadcast, but we had a lot to deal with during the race.
“I think it was before halfway, I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done and we got home just using six gears. Thanks to the team we got it back. I’m stoked.”
Explaining how he managed his lack of power during the race, Ricciardo says the biggest challenge was looking after his brakes to prevent his rears from failing.
“Obviously I had a lot less power so that was the obvious thing, but then, yeah, the rear brakes got really hot so I went I think six or seven percent forwards with the brake balance. That’s a lot. Maybe we go one or two percent change during the race, at least, for us, so we had to go a long way forwards and I have to lift a lot before braking to save the brakes and put less energy through them.
“The pace was slow, for the power, the pace was slow to manage the tires and then the pace was slow because I was managing brakes. Hence why it felt like a very long race but obviously we got it home.”
As a result of his performance throughout practice and qualifying before driving around problems in the race, Ricciardo rates his victory as one of his finest drives.
“I think it was definitely my best weekend and the most satisfying. Right now, there’s still a lot to process but as I said, once it all settles I think yeah, I could probably say that. You know the race itself… it’s a different race to a China. China obviously got everything going and got the adrenalin going and whatnot but as a whole this is probably the best weekend of my career.”