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Published: 10:14 | 10/6/16

Ricciardo wants perfect weekend


Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he distanced himself from his McLaren team after the pit-stop controversy that cost him a victory in Monaco.

The Australian led from pole position early on in Monte Carlo before pitting to swap his full-wet tyres for intermediates, with the track quickly drying, whilst Mercedes driver Hamilton remained out longer to allow him to make a direct switch to slicks.

Ricciardo remained in an advantageous position following the stops but when he was brought in for a second time, to change to dry-weather tyres, the Red Bull crew were not ready to service his car.

His delay allowed Hamilton to take the lead and the Mercedes driver was able to hold off his opponent to win the race, with the Red Bull man finishing second.

As he prepares to return to the track in Montreal, Ricciardo has admitted that he took some time away after the incident in Monaco.

"After Monaco, I was happy to keep some distance for a few days and, for myself as well, I think it probably wasn't healthy to address it straight away. For sure, for a few days, I was upset I guess and obviously ruing some missed opportunities but it’s one of those things..." he told reporters ahead of this weekend's race in Canada.

"It happens and it was unfortunate that it happened back-to-back and expanded the feelings and emotion a lot more but I've move on. I've obviously still got a lot of faith in the team and I don't doubt that things were done moving forward, but it's important for me, this weekend, to execute a perfect weekend from my side and the team's side and get back on track.

"Obviously, we've shown we've got a good car, good material, but it's just trying to maximise it. The last four weekends, I've left Sunday feeling like I should have got moreso, this weekend, it's really trying to leave Sunday knowing that we maximised everything from both sides."

Ricciardo received an apology from team principal Christian Horner and is confident the team will learn from their mistakes.

"It was all over the phone. I let it cool a couple of days, then I spoke to Christian, spoke to my engineer [Simon Rennie] and obviously Christian just explained, apologised on everyone's behalf and just explained what went down, the reasons why there was confusion and why obviously the tyres weren't ready and this and that," he said.

"That was really the phone call with Christian and then I spoke to Simon, my engineer, and that was later in the week, once they'd got a chance to spend some days in the factory and basically just to hear what they'd put in place. It was just to get some clarity on everything and there's going to be some new software that they've put in for strategy now and some live stuff during the race that can make us more prepared and, if there are some late calls again, that everything is put in place.

"I had plenty of questions to ask, but they answered them with confidence and that's all I needed to hear."

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