Very effective in Montreal since his victory in 2014 when he defended the colors of the Red Bull team, Daniel Ricciardo returns to Canada with the firm intention of capitalizing on his successes last weekend in Baku.
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Earlier this week, in an interview with the French magazine AUTO weeklythe McLaren driver let it be known that his favorite races were those in cities starting with an M, which therefore includes Monaco, Monza, Melbourne, and of course Montreal.
“I still remember the very first lap I completed here when I was in my first free practice session with Toro Rosso. I was doing a prep lap and I remember coming back and saying that this circuit looked really fun. It’s a place that I appreciated from my first rounds, ”he said at a press conference on Friday.
On this track which has a lot of “character”, the likeable driver climbed on the podium in 2017, but it was his famous victory in 2014, his first in Formula 1, which confirmed Ricciardo’s love for the Gilles circuit. – Villeneuve. Mockingly, he threw his fist in the air when she was reminded of him at a press conference.
A new launch?
In good spirits in front of the journalists, the veteran regained his famous smile in Azerbaijan with an eighth position, just ahead of his teammate, Lando Norris.
“All the work we did from Monaco transferred well to the track. What we have understood or assimilated, we have shown good signs in Baku. It was not an easy circuit. […] Having a solid weekend there was encouraging,” said the soon-to-be 33-year-old.
A month ago in Barcelona, McLaren team principal Zak Brown criticized Ricciardo’s performance, raising fears for his future. The latter does not always seem to meet the expectations of his bosses, while Norris stands out.
In Baku, he stood up to him in a fierce fight between teammates. Ricciardo and Norris took turns not overtaking the other orange car. Faster halfway through the race, the Australian Ricciardo finally took advantage.
“I think in a race situation, if you’re the one attacking, you want to charge and obviously pass,” he said. We talk about these things. With our strategy, we know this can happen during a race. With my experience, I know when to push and when to give everything. Everything worked properly.”
It was the first time since Bahrain that Ricciardo was ahead of the Briton. On a circuit he loves, the “Honey Badger” will have to pick up where he left off in Azerbaijan, with a little less controversy, he no doubt hopes.