Daniel Ricciardo believes he has began to feel confidence between himself and the McLaren car which has come at exactly the right time with the Monaco GP this weekend.
Ricciardo showed his best form of the season in Spain and is eager to impress on F1's return to Monaco after a year away due the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’ve been making a lot of progress over the last few races, and I think that really showed in Spain," Ricciardo told the press. "I’m really starting to get to grips with the car and build my confidence.
"We know we’ll have our work cut out for us in Monaco, given how important qualifying is and how close we are to the competition, but we’ll give it our all and try to bring home some solid points for the team.
“Monaco is my favourite circuit on the calendar, and I really missed driving there last year. It’s such a unique place to drive and as F1 drivers we’re incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to race there.
"It's not like any other circuit in the world where you can turn up for a track day and drive, you have the Monaco Grand Prix and support events and that’s it. So, I’m incredibly excited to be going back, we’ve been deprived of that place for nearly two years."
For Monaco, McLaren will paint their cars in a livery which is an updated version of an iconic and historic design made famous by their fuel and lubricants partner, Gulf Oil.
The Gulf colours are synonymous with Porsche and Ford at Le Mans in the 1960s and 1970s whilst McLaren raced the iconic livery in the mid-1990s. Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris will also race with one-off helmet designs and race suits this weekend.
“I was already excited about going racing again in Monaco but to be racing in Gulf colours for the weekend just raises the level of excitement even further," said Ricciardo. "I’ve even got a custom retro helmet to match the entire theme of the team this weekend."