Daniel Ricciardo claimed that his win at the Monaco Grand Prix was “redemption” after the pit stop issue which caused him to miss out on victory in 2016.
The Australian won the race despite the Renault engine in the back of his Red Bull having power issues for fifty laps of the 78-lap race.
Having lost out so cruelly two years ago, this grand prix victory felt like something extra to him.
“I think I can show more emotion today rather than yesterday,” Ricciardo said. “This is two years in the making so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived.”
“We had problems. We had a lot to deal with during the race,” he continued. “I felt a loss of power and I thought the race was done. I got home just using six gears.”
Ricciardo took the victory in Red Bull’s 250th grand prix in Formula 1, and the Australian made sure to appreciate the team’s efforts.
“Thanks to the team. We got it back. I’m stoked,” Ricciardo added. “There were a few doubts that came in mid-race but… we won Monaco. It feels good!”
Ricciardo’s performance also once again highlighted why he is such a sought after driver.
Red Bull are keen to re-sign for next year’s championship, but Ferrari and Mercedes are also reportedly interested in his services.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Ricciardo’s win, Horner said with a laugh: “I’m not sure if his price has gone up or his love for the team has gone up, probably both.
“I have made it clear all along that we want to keep Daniel.
“He’s now won the same amount of races as Lewis and Sebastian in this championship.
“Obviously he could have done more in Bahrain without that retirement, we all know what happened in Baku.”
Horner was full of praise for the Aussie and the way in which he managed the Monaco race despite losing the MGU-K and being down on power.
“Unbelievable, he was not going to give this race up this weekend,” he said. “He’s been quickest in every session.
“We lose the MGU-K 17 or 18 laps into the race so he’s giving up two-and-a-half seconds a lap.
“Then your brake temperatures go out of control, the fuel and tyre temperatures start going. Yet he managed it like he was on a Sunday afternoon drive.
“They’re telling me on the intercom they’ll have to retire the car in one or two laps. I said ‘Look, we’re in the lead of the Monaco GP, we’re keeping going’.
“Moving the switches around, driving to save fuel, brakes, tyres, asking what’s going on with Max’s tyres. He drove an unbelievable race this weekend.”
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