Monaco Magic - Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational pole and a memorable win in Monaco in 2018 and this year eyes up another solid run on his favourite circuit.

Why is Monaco your favourite race weekend?
Monaco is my favourite race of the year because of all the adrenaline and excitement you get out from it. Insane is probably the best way of describing the circuit. It almost feels like you shouldn’t be allowed to race on it! I sit in traffic on these roads in my day to day life, so when May comes around I know it’s almost time to have that one opportunity a year to race on them – that’s pretty crazy when you think about it! The place is beautiful and when the Grand Prix arrives everything is just boosted and that creates a special atmosphere.

The lap is packed and you’re going kerb to kerb, wall to wall and you just have to be fully on it; that’s a challenge I love. Through Tabac and the Swimming Pool is mad and so quick. That’s probably my favourite section, but it’s all really cool.

How special was your victory in Monaco last year?
It’s up there with one of my best wins, that’s for sure. To take pole position in Monaco on two occasions is an amazing feeling, especially as you’re giving it full beans for just over a minute and your adrenaline is pumping. But to have won in Monaco is a dream come true and it was made even sweeter after missing out in previous years from excellent positions. While repeating the pole and win in 2019 is unlikely, it doesn’t go away from the fact we have everything to play for and we’ll be pushing as hard as ever to ensure the best result possible. Anything can happen in Monaco.

What’s your mindset heading into this race?
I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed after Spain as we missed out on scoring points. We underachieved with the car that should have been inside the top ten. We have to aim for better and execute a stronger weekend. I’m feeling good in the car, we progressed through the weekend well and deservedly made Q3. As I said, Monaco is a circuit I’ve always enjoyed, so I want to go there expecting to be on it and back scoring points.