Ricciardo is returning to scene of his first win

Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2014.
Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2014.

Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise winner of the Canadian Grand Prix this time last year, but Red Bull Racing are expecting a rougher ride this time around.

The Australian capitalised onMercedes’ ailments around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to secure his first F1 victory in 2014 - the first of three he picked up last season.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his first win.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his first win.

Fast forward a year, Red Bull find themselves down on power - which will be a significant problem in Montreal - and reliability, struggling back in fourth behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams in the constructor’s championship.

But the Canadian Grand Prix is somewhere Ricciardo will hold close to his heart.

“Winning has made me love it a little bit more,” he said. “I’ve loved it since my first lap, back when I was driving for Toro Rosso.

“I remember coming back into the pits and saying ‘what a circuit,’ I was amazed at how good it was.

“I remember falling into bed, thinking ‘wow, crazy day,’ and out went the lights!”

The team from Tilbrook go into the Canadian Grand Prix on the back of their best result of the season at Monaco last time out, taking fourth and fifth in Monte Carlo.

But Montreal will offer an all-together different challenge, with its long straights and low-downforce requirements - the polar opposite of Monaco.

Team boss Christian Horner said: “Monaco is the least power sensitive of all the tracks on the calendar and I think we managed to optimise what we’ve got.

“Montreal is going to be a much different challenge.”

The first free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix gets underway at 3pm local time on Friday afternoon.