Daniel Ricciardo was glancing at the sky and hoping it remained clear and dry on Friday as he and the F1 circus relaxed on the traditional ‘rest day’ of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Australian, who clocked a best time in his Red Bull that was six-tenths of a second faster than nearest rival Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes during Thursday’s practice, wanted track conditions to remain unchanged for Saturday’s qualifying session.

“If it is the same again, I am confident,” he said. “I feel so good in the car and I love this circuit. I really feel it’s my time here and now.”

The beaming Perth-born driver has not won a race since reeling off three wins during the 2014 season and would relish a chance to succeed compatriot Mark Webber in triumphing in the calendar’s most famous and glamorous race.

Webber won twice at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2010 and 2012 during the pomp days of the Red Bull team with four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel as his team-mate.

Since then, however, Mercedes has emerged as the leading outfit with Hamilton winning two drivers’ world titles and German Nico Rosberg, leader of this year’s title race, claiming victory at the last three Monaco races.

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