Ricciardo: Lapping a supermarket


Driving a F1 car is always special but Daniel Ricciardo concedes it is even better in Monaco as the drivers have more influence.

Next weekend the F1 circus will head to the principality for what is arguably the most prestigious race on the calendar.

Taking on the tight, twisty street circuit is always a challenge for the drivers as millimeters can be the difference between a quick lap or a crash.

And for Ricciardo, getting in a quick lap of the track is an achievement – all 78 times for the grand prix.

"From the driver's point of view – and maybe teams see it differently – the best thing about coming to Monaco is that it's a circuit where the driver has more influence on events," the Red Bull driver explained.

"Driving a Formula One car anywhere is special – the speed, the power and the acceleration just blows you away – but here it's like trying to do a lap in a supermarket, and that's just so, so cool.

"I know there's that quote about racing at Monaco being like riding a bicycle around your bathroom – well when I was a kid I used to love riding my little bike around inside the house. It was more fun, there were more obstacles and a bit more danger.

"That really is what this is like: You have the walls around the circuit and the bumps on the track that make it a bit more real. The circuit has a lot of character; you can feel that in the car.

"You can't afford mistakes, your concentration levels rocket and you tend to amaze yourself with how quickly you manage to do everything.

"Just completing a lap feels like an achievement. It feels like a challenge."