Ricciardo ‘reset and refocused’ after Monaco

Jamie Woodhouse
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo reset and refocused for Baku.

Daniel Ricciardo, as promised, took some time to “reset and refocus” after a poor outing at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Aussie was left confused by his lack of pace around the streets of Monte Carlo, a venue where he has impressed in the past, including winning the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.

The 2021 staging was far less positive for Ricciardo though as McLaren team-mate Lando Norris claimed P3 and a spot on the podium, while also lapping Ricciardo who finished a lowly P12.

Ricciardo said that he would not do too much analysis on his struggles, and instead take a few days away to move on from the disappointment.

And with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku now approaching, a venue where Ricciardo tasted victory in 2017, his mind is reset and refocused.

“Monaco wasn’t my weekend but I’m looking to bounce back,” he said in McLaren’s Baku preview.

“It’s been important to take time to reset and refocus before heading to Baku.

“The team and I have been working hard in the sim to understand, analyse and pinpoint the key areas we need to improve.

“We know the car has good potential, we just need to put all the pieces together to unlock it. There’s still that element of adapting to a new car which I’m sure will come with the more time and mileage behind the wheel.

“I’m going to keep working at it, build on the progress we made in Portugal and Spain and try to feel as one with the car.”

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix explainer.

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Baku has developed a reputation as one of the most challenging and exciting tracks on the F1 calendar, and so Ricciardo hopes to get his MCL35M in the right window from the off and build a solid weekend.

“Baku is a really cool street circuit and one of those races where potentially anything could happen,” he said.

“The track is known for having one of the longest straights on the calendar with three cars being able to run side-by-side as you head into Turn 1.

“Hopefully, we can get the car into the right window from the off on Friday and have a solid weekend.”

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