Daniel Ricciardo has described the Monza podium as “brilliant” and wants to experience it for himself at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
The podium at Monza is on a platform which extends over the pit lane and overhangs part of the start/finish straight, which is covered with fans following the end of the grand prix. Coming in to the race off the back of two consecutive victories, Ricciardo expects Monza to be a big challenge but wants to finish in the top three again to be able to experience the unique podium.
“The biggest challenges at Monza nowadays are the braking zones,” Ricciardo said. “The first chicane is the ultimate example: you're coming down to that first chicane at the highest speed an F1 car will reach all year and you're braking into one of the tightest corners you'll take all year. Added to that you're doing this with the least amount of downforce you'll have all year – which means the car tends to slide around quite a bit as well as taking longer to stop.
“You can't afford to lock a brake but equally you can't lose time by being too eager on the pedal. It demands that you are really focused all of the time. I'm not really that keen on super-long straights; I find them a little dull compared to hammering through a series of demanding corners but Monza is the exception to that.
“There's something about flashing through those trees in front of that massive crowd that definitely gets the pulse all the way up! Also the crowd in Monza is wild. Obviously it's full-on Ferrari but in the past they've always been very generous to me. I'd love to get the opportunity to stand on that brilliant podium and find out!”