Red Bull Infiniti duo Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth and fifth on the streets of Monte Carlo and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz tenth having been forced to start from the pit lane. His team-mate Max Verstappen also starred until crashing out. On his first race around the principality he had also been a stunning second fastest outright in the opening practice session…
Ricciardo it was who came closest to the podium – on fresher tyres and allowed through by team-mate Kvyat after a safety car period, he put on a late charge to challenge championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and Sebastien Vettel’s Ferrari. On the final lap he sportingly handed back fourth place to Kvyat…
This weekend (5-6-7 June) comes the Canadian GP around the classic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Renault-engined cars have won there six times before including both the last two years. The wins have been: Thierry Boutsen, Williams-Renault (1989); Alain Prost, Williams-Renault (1993); Damon Hill, Williams-Renault (1996); Fernando |Alonso, Renault (2006); Sebastien Vettel, Red Bull-Renault (2013); Daniel Ricciard, Red Bull-Renault (2014).
While a third consecutive win will probably prove more difficult, there is obvious optimism following Monaco’s results.
Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations, said: “We arrived in Monaco focused on one thing; delivering consistent and reliable performance. We leave knowing we achieved this aim. It’s a step forward and follows our expected development curve.
“With another box ticked, we need to keep to this plan in the coming races. We know it will be hard, there’s no doubt about it, but this result confirms we are on track and going in the right direction. We will not give up until we are back to where we need to be.”
And added Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul: “The Monaco result – fourth and fifth, very close to the podium – demonstrates the resilience of everyone at Viry. We started the season on the back foot and it has been an enormous task to keep motivated under fire.
“Every person has contributed to regaining our reliability, and performance is getting better each race. Now we need to keep fighting, and looking forward. We know we can do this, so we will keep our heads down and chipping away until we are where we want to be.”
After Montreal come the Red Bull team’s two home races – at the Red Bull Ring in Austria (21 June) and then at Silverstone, Great Britain (5 July). Red Bull’s global headquarters are in Austria while Silverstone is just 15 miles from its F1 team’s base in Milton Keynes.