The Aussie just put himself in front of everyone in the morning at the pit lane exit, 8 minutes before the greenlight: "We were so early to try not to lose time, a little bit of strategy and then...". Then his spec C Renault engine, a new version that only Ricciardo has tested, had some issues and the Honey Badger almost stopped on track.
"I felt I had to stop and then a few switches and I was able to go. The spec C then worked."
Ricciardo already faced a troubled start in Monza last year, as he started 16th and finished 4th; this year he's hoping to make it better.
"I hope the race will be better than last year, so it'll be a podium."
”I think that on the long run we’re more competitive, but on the short runs Ferrari is very fast, Mercedes too. On the long runs we seem to close the gap, I don’t think it was too bad actually. We have the new spec engine seemed okay, so we’ll see. Tomorrow we will probably not do too much running, but hopefully we’ll do a good one on Sunday."
If Daniel is hoping and dreaming for a good Sunday, his team mate Max Verstappen keeps his foot on the ground and stays real.
"This is definitely the worst track for us. We don't expect miracles, but in Qualifying we'll be too slow."
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen closed their Friday practices respectively in 5th and 7th position in FP1 and 6th and 5th respectively in FP2.