Recharged Ricciardo can be a handful for Hamilton

Wed Jun 8, 2016 4:00pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has put his Monaco misery behind him and is hoping for another epic battle with Lewis Hamilton in Montreal this weekend.

Two weeks after taking a first Formula One pole position, only to lose out on victory for the second race running due to no fault of his own, the smiling Australian returns to the scene of his first grand prix victory in a feisty mood.

Triple world champion Hamilton, aiming for a fifth Canadian Grand Prix win after also taking his first career triumph at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve, and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg will be favorites again.

But Ricciardo reckons he can be a contender, particularly at a track where the weather can act as a leveler. Temperatures are forecast to be cool with some rain.

"Now that I’ve sort of got over Monaco I just want to get back in the car and basically smash it and get amongst it," Ricciardo said on social media.

"You’re going to see the same intensity that you saw in Monaco. I plan on keeping that up and not letting anything else get in the way," added the Australian, whose 18-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen won in Barcelona.

Renault's latest specification engine, which Red Bull use with Tag Heuer branding, has provided a good boost in horsepower to help close the gap.

Canada has been a rollercoaster for Ricciardo in the past, his breakthrough win in 2014 followed by 13th last year when Hamilton won from pole position. He was 15th in 2013.   Continued...

Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix - Monaco - 29/5/16. Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (R) and Red Bull Racing F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo in action.     REUTERS/Eric Gaillard