The Red Bull team, despite a fabulous free practice lap record for the Monaco Grand Prix, does not consider itself a favorite on the race track.
Nevertheless, the Austrians are self-confident in their dominant notion: if our chassis comes into force anywhere, then here”, says Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko about the mystery of success on the road course.” Means: Slowly we get into a regular favorite role.”
His pilots are a little more cautious. Ricciardo sees Red Bull “with the music, but not alone”. Ferrari and Mercedes would turn up in the qualifying on Saturday and deliver at least a good fight to his troops.
From the idea of also leaving the pole position with 0572 seconds lead to the competition from place three, he has long since said goodbye.” With a really clean round we still have a very good chance,”says Ricciardo.
Fact is: The RB14 has not revealed any weaknesses so far and has been strong in all sectors –which is also due to the shorter lines that mask the PS disadvantage of the Renault.
Marko also emphasizes, the car has not completely changed into a qualifying trim, thus not having made any show rounds. On the long runs with a lot of fuel, Ferrari and Mercedes would therefore have looked worse.
Hiding wants to get Pole and win
Max Hiding, who was behind with 0194 seconds as the only pilot felt towel to Ricciardo, therefore Pole and victory called the goal. The good chassis makes it possible: “We may not have the same engine modes, but we can make sure with the car,” he says.
That at the end of the stables we may cheer and miss him a sporting slap, He does not fear constipation despite the clear slack against Ricciardo.
“I don’t have to rise up necessarily,” he says. “I don’t have to.” If you go on the track a little later (if there is more rubber; Amen. d. Red.), it helps. I didn’t get the sectors together, But that’s normal.”
Capture is due to small crashes with Grosjean
What’s not to understand: He also had unnecessary enemy contact with Romain Grosjean in the Fairmont curve (formerly Loews curve).
The Dutch man in slow motion had Ricciardo and inevitably also the Haas driver Passing on the outer road, but did not brake hard enough and drove in Grosjean’s driveway. Both cars remained intact during easy contact.
In addition to the fear that Ferrari and Mercedes will turn their engines on, especially must understand the concern to create reliability.
Partner Renault talks about a constant danger under the current regulations and warns in person Cyril Abiteboul especially the youngster: “Ricciardo has already had an extraordinary engine change.”