Ricciardo admits that he was overcome with rage after a mistake from the Red Bull team threw away an almost certain victory on the Monaco streets.
“Even four years on, I remember this day in so much detail, it’s like a video in my mind,” wrote Ricciardo in a diary post. “I can picture myself driving through the corner before the tunnel after THAT pit stop and I was so angry.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone afterwards, I certainly didn’t want any sympathy… it was just pure rage.
“I remember standing on the podium with Lewis, he’d won a race that I had under control… I just didn’t want to be there.”
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Ricciardo put his demons to rest in 2018, although a problem with his MGU-K early in the race promoted a feeling of déjà vu in the moment.
“I’m not going to lie, Monaco 2016 haunted me for two years, and then to not put a foot wrong in 2018 and thinking the win would slip away from me again," continued Ricciardo.
“Monaco 2018 was a different level of stress simply because of what had happened there in ’16. The main feeling was sheer relief that this time I didn’t have it taken away from me.
“I enjoyed it more the days after the Sunday when it all sunk in, but that Sunday night – I was just burned out. It was more a massive exhale than anything else.”
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