Daniel Ricciardo: “My first win in Canada will always be special”

Daniel Ricciardo - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

As we head to Montreal for the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo will be hoping for a much stronger performance from the Milton Keynes based team, after losing out on victory in Monaco because of a catastrophic pit stop error by the squad, that saw the 26-year-old stationary in the pits for approximately thirteen seconds.

At the time the Australian was naturally unhappy with the team, so much so that he stated he was not sure where to go from here, or what to do in light of the events, finding losing in such a manner extremely difficult to take. Ricciardo has put all that behind him however, the familiar smile back on his face, and is now looking forward to getting back to business in Canada, at a track where he has taken victory before, back in 2014.

“I love Canada, I love Montreal, the city’s great and I really enjoy the circuit. I like the people a lot, it’s a very friendly city – it’s easily one of my top five races.

“It’s a place where you can really muscle the car around the chicanes which is fun. I love the race – my first win in Canada will always be special so I’m keen to get back there.

“Unfortunately last year was probably my worst race of the year but I hope it will be a lot better this year.

“The city is a lot like Melbourne in a way; there are plenty of things to do, there’s a lot of culture, it’s very European, and the people are super friendly.”

With the benefit of the upgraded Renault engine looking to extract a further three tenths per lap on the gains seen in Monte-Carlo, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve should provide another chance for Ricciardo to take the fight to the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS boys.