17/04/2024

Daniel Ricciardo McLaren last weekend where he bounced back to form to finish 6th after starting 10th. Photo:@McLarenF1/Twitter

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to build on his success from the French Grand Prix heading into the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Following a sixth-place finish at the French Grand Prix last week, Aussie Daniel Ricciardo is in good spirits heading into this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

After struggling in the two previous GP’s on street circuits in Monaco and Baku, Ricciardo felt much more comfortable being back on a purpose-built racetrack.

“From the start of the weekend it was just a little bit more of a, call it like a traditional weekend, as far as we just got onto the front foot and we stayed there,” Ricciardo said.

“It wasn’t like an immaculate weekend, but it was solid, and I think it is certainly what I was looking for after Monaco and Baku, so it was definitely needed and better.

“I think the race was just fun, I mean at least from our position, you know to be able to kind of force our way a bit further into the top 10 and have some battles.

“There are still some things to work on but it’s definitely progress and right now I am going to take that.”

Ricciardo said a few weeks ago following the disappointment from the Baku GP and leading into the French Grand Prix and subsequent triple-header that he was looking forward to getting some consistent time in the car.

“This triple-header, I am really excited,” he said.

“I think actually staying in like a rhythm is kind of nice and it’s not a sport we get to do every day.

“To kind of have let’s say that busyness and to be able to compete on a regular basis is good.

“You have a good race you want to do another one the week after to try and keep it going and you have a bad race and you want to go again the week after to make up for it so there is always an excuse to want to compete.”

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Ricciardo’s memories of Red Bull Ring

With this weekend’s race being at the Red Bull Ring, Red Bull Racing’s home GP, Ricciardo reflected on his favourite memories of his time at Red Bull celebrating the weekend.

“We went around in some drift cars as passenger with Red Bull a few years ago,” said Ricciardo

“I have been forced to wear numerous lederhosen’s; I won’t say it’s crazy but obviously I had plenty of schnitzels.

“The drifting was cool. We did some dancing one year as well, I guess it’s the waltz.”

But his fondest memory was the caravan car race in 2017.

“How could I forget. The caravan on the back we were towing that, and Max and I made a mess of this place, so that was fun, that was probably the highlight,” he said.

Ricciardo spent two seasons at Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso before being promoted to the main team in 2014 where he spent five years and collected 29 podiums.

After departing Red Bull, he spent two years at Renault before leaving them last year to join McLaren for this season.

The Styrian Grand Prix marks the second race of the tripleheader, where three races occur over consecutive weekends.

Ricciardo will be hoping to follow up with another strong result this weekend and continue to climb the driver standings where he currently sits ninth.

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