Red Bull Racing will be looking to emulate their previous successes around the streets of Monte Carlo, but know victory is a long way off in 2015.
The team from Tilbrook have conquered the Monaco Grand Prix on three occasions, as Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel ruled the Principality between 2010 and 2012.
But they’ve found life hard this season, with Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat amassing just 30 points between them from the opening five races.
Reliability and a general lack of pace have hindered Red Bull’s season, as their Renault engines have proven both sluggish and fragile, leaving them trailing a long way behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams in the constructors’ championship - a far cry from their recent era of F1 dominance.
Monaco though is a great leveller, with driver concentration as big a deciding factor as car performance during the 78 laps. And while Red Bull’s problems have been prominent at power circuits in Malaysia and China, Monaco offers Red Bull the best chance of returning to the podium, if not the top step once again.
“From the driver’s point of view, the best thing about coming to Monaco is that it’s a circuit where the driver has more influence on events,” said Ricciardo. “It’s like trying to do a lap in a supermarket, and that’s just so, so cool.”
But while Monaco resident Ricciardo is still wowed by the glitz and glamour of the race, team-mate Kvyat, competing in his second Monaco GP this weekend, isn’t a huge fan of the race dubbed F1’s ‘jewel in the crown.’
He said: “In terms of the atmosphere and so on, I’ll be perfectly honest and say that, for me, it’s not the best.
“It’s really confined and there’s not much chance to get some space for yourself. It is totally unique and it is an amazing place but for me the trick is to try to remove myself from that and focus on what we’re there to do.”
Monaco’s unique schedule sees the first two free practise sessions take place today (Thursday) ahead of Sunday’s race.