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Daniel Ricciardo thoughts on Austria Grand-Prix

Daniel Ricciardo thoughts on Austria Grand-Prix

29.06.2020: F1 round 1 Austrian Grand-Prix Red Bull Ring - Spielberg 3-5 July 2020 Chomping at the bit After spending the last couple of months on his Australian farm, Daniel Ricciardo is replacing dust tracks for tarmac as he prepares for the first r


F1 round 1 Austrian Grand-Prix
Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
3-5 July 2020



Chomping at the bit



After spending the last couple of months on his Australian farm, Daniel Ricciardo is replacing dust tracks for tarmac as he prepares for the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season.




How excited are you to go racing again after the time away from the circuit?


I’m raring to go! It’s been a long time since I’ve raced or even competed properly in anything. It’s getting close now and I had a good taste for it with the test in Austria earlier this month. Even though it was a two-year old car, it felt really nice to shake off the cobwebs.



It was cool to be in that racing environment again as I’m sure it was for all the engineers and mechanics. I was skipping with excitement in the garage even with the various social restrictions in place!





How did you find the lockdown period?



I think it was important to remain positive throughout that time as it was really uncharted territory for everybody. It was nice to be in one place for a long period of time, staying in one time zone, sleeping well and just having that time to recover and improve my physical condition. I’ve missed racing, of course, but not having it has just reiterated my love for driving Formula 1 cars.




What will be your mindset for the first race back?



It’s about getting back to business. We’re all so excited to go racing again. We’ll get on with it and give it our all as we know the season is going to be shorter than usual and very fast-paced. We want to get some points on the board, begin the season on the right foot and lay a solid foundation for us to build some good momentum.





What are your thoughts on the R.S.20 – R.E.20 package?



I think we’ve made good progress on the car during winter testing. We can’t be totally sure how it will go, but that’s the same for all the teams. We have a slightly different car to the one we would have raced in Australia, but we’ll have the answers this week!



We’ll focus on ourselves; we know the midfield will be quite tight, but the target is to give a better showing at this circuit than last year and then we’ll see where we end up. I’ll be giving it my all and I’m sure everyone at the team will do the same.




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