Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he is still getting used to life with his new team McLaren after joining from Renault at the end of 2020 and has said he has struggled to get to grips with the car at points so far this season.
The driver did finish ahead of teammate Lando Norris for the first time in 2021 last time out at the Spanish Grand Prix, but had until then been some way back from the Brit and had even been ordered by his team to let the younger driver pass him at Imola.
Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, where Ricciardo took his last F1 win with Red Bull in 2018, he told RacingNews365.com and other select media that the tight corners of the street circuit would likely not suit McLaren.
"I think it's probably not been our strength. But in saying that I'm always pretty open minded. Sector 3 in Barcelona I know is a bit of a pre-Monaco gauge for performance, but this circuit is so unique in itself and it's bumpy, although it's max downforce you set up the car a bit different to deal with the bumps and the curbs," he said.
"And it's no secret that you run the car softer here than you would in Barcelona. So even that alone does change the way the car is going to feel. I don't want to jump to any conclusions yet.
"I think so far this year our pace has been better in the high speed corners, but I don't think that ties up maybe to what our result will be this weekend. So I think the important thing is to get comfortable, get confidence around here and then the lap time normally comes."