Daniel Ricciardo says that the Spanish Grand Prix was a tricky race, as he came home in fifth place for Red Bull. The Australian said that the tyres were particularly hard to deal with, and it was difficult to stay consistent throughout the 66 laps.
"It was just a bit tricky to drive. It was fast when you were able to put it all together but easy to make mistakes. It was a bit on a knife-edge. If you got lucky, you could put in a blistering lap but probably 1 out of 5 I could make it happen and the other four laps I was sliding and struggling to stay on."
Ricciardo was running in sixth place for the first number of laps, before he moved up into fifth after Kimi Raikkonen retired. The Australian couldn't make gains on his teammate Max Verstappen, who ended up finishing on the podium. Ricciardo also spun at the virtual safety car restart, which left him far behind Verstappen.
The 28-year-old is now looking to Monaco, the venue where he took his one and only pole position to date, back in 2016. The six-time race winner believes that the narrow streets of Monte-Carlo will be Red Bull's strongest circuit of the year.
"At the beginning of the race it felt like we were hanging on. It seemed Kimi wasn't particularly quick and Max and myself had more pace. But I came out of the pits and there were three cars fighting and that cost me a bit of time. And on the VSC restart I had a spin which put me in no-man's land. Monaco should be our strongest circuit to date on raw pace but we'll see."
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