Daniel Ricciardo says the first sector at Suzuka "is just a delight" and "a dream" as he looks ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix.

Suzuka's first sector features the right-handed turns one and two before the high-speed Esses section and then the two Degner curves which often see a number of crashes throughout the weekend. Ricciardo said the opening part of the lap is something he really looks forward to and says the lack of run-off at Degner Two adds to the challenge for the drivers.

"Suzuka is all good, but for me the first sector is just a delight," Ricciardo said. "It's a dream. You have those fast changes of directions through the Esses, hard around the Dunlop Curve and then, arguably the best bit, turns Eight and Nine: Degner.

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"Through Eight you're hanging on, it's so narrow and there's no room for error but you want to push as hard as you can. Then just as you straighten up the car, you're on the brakes, throwing it into this cambered right-hander and hoping you've got it right because if you haven't then it's all over.

"Getting to do that 53 times in a row is a pretty good way to earn a living. What you maybe don't see on TV is that it's a real rollercoaster, dropping into valleys and climbing up again, so that you're rarely on a level surface."

Ricciardo heads in to this weekend's race 60 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.