Daniel Ricciardo says a combination of Red Bull's chassis and the boost from Renault's much vaunted engine upgrade, as well as his own efforts, played their part in putting him well clear of the competition in FP2 for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Australian was in scintillating form during FP2, setting two lap times good enough to top the session in the Red Bull RB12, his benchmark of 1min 14.607secs putting him a mammoth six tenths clear of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.
A continuation of Red Bull's headline grabbing performance in the Spanish Grand Prix, it comes as Ricciardo also makes use of Renault's engine upgrade this weekend, believed to be worth up to half a second a lap.
Though that margin has been played down, especially around Monaco, Ricciardo maintains it is a combination of factors – not least his own performance – that was down to his exceptional result.
“We've got a good car around here so I think it's a little bit down to both [chassis and engine],” he said. “I've always said let's see how we go in qualifying but today I'm happy. This track is certainly one where you can find a little bit more if you're willing to push it on the limit. I've always enjoyed it around here, I felt more comfortable this afternoon with the balance, I think we made good progress.
Though Ricciardo won't consider himself a rival to the all-conquering Mercedes until qualifying, he says he is nonetheless feeling confident in the RB12.
“I think we are in a pretty good window now. It depends what the track is going to do on Saturday but if it doesn't change much then I don't think we'll be touching too much, just send it on Sunday. I've got good confidence with the car now so I think that's the most important thing with the car around here.”