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Lauda: Ricciardo should receive engine upgrade for Monaco GP

2016-05-20 09:11

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to the Monaco GP on May 29. Image: AFP / Johannes Eisele

London - If Renault brings its new engine to the Monaco Grand Prix (May 29), the French marque may only be able to supply one version apiece to the two French-powered teams.

Although Renault has actually slated Canada as the debut race for the 26kW power unit upgrade, officials are considering fast-tracking the process to Monaco next weekend.

'Verstappen man of the future'

But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that the problem with that plan could be a lack of spare parts, meaning only one works Renault and one Red Bull gets the upgrade for the streets of the Principality.

For Red Bull, it might be a difficult decision. Does Max Verstappen, Formula 1's new teen winner, get the Tag-Heuer branded upgrade, or should it go to the more experienced Daniel Ricciardo?

Read: Spanish GP: Verstappen becomes youngest F1 winner yet!

Niki Lauda, the F1 legend and Mercedes' team chairman, said: "Very clearly, I would give the engine to Ricciardo.

"Max Verstappen is the man of the future, but despite all the hype about his (Max's) first victory, you have to say that Ricciardo is still the better overall package."

Ricciardo tweeted an update of the week in Barcelona:


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