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Daniel Ricciardo has revealed a rather peculiar issue that hampered his Grand Prix weekend in Monaco, with the Toro Rosso driver losing his voice for the duration of the event. Instead of a spoken response to his race engineer, the Australian had to press buttons on his steering wheel, which would in turn show up on telemetry sheets.
"I lost my voice going into the weekend, which was a little inconvenient," he said during his latest blog on the official Toro Rosso website. "I suspect I didn’t take too well to the air conditioner on the plane. It left me feeling a bit frustrated and more than a little useless because this really isn’t the circuit where you want to have a problem communicating.
"In the end we figured out a series of signals through which I could communicate with my engineer during the race. Basically he’d do most of the talking and I’d answer by using some of the buttons on the steering wheel, which he would pick up on telemetry. It worked out okay but it wasn’t exactly ideal."
Looking ahead to this weekend's race in Montreal, Ricciardo has underlined that 'anything can happen' if the weather throws up a surprise - as was the case in 2011.
"My voice is slowly returning and I should be fine for Canada," he added. "I’ve only had a limited amount of time on the track in Montreal but it seems to be a hell of a good circuit for racing. Obviously it presents a very different challenge to Monaco.
"We did a little bit of preparation for it while testing in Mugello, that should help us but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. As usual I’m optimistic we could be in for a good one - and hopefully it will really get our season into gear. Or this week it might really rain - and as we all saw last year, if it does anything can happen."
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