27 June 2015
Ricciardo: Silverstone is awesome!
Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to F1's annual trip to the 'home of the British Grand Prix', admitting that Silverstone is unlike any other when it comes to thrills and atmosphere....
Despite Red Bull Racing's much-publicised woes, Daniel Ricciardo can't help looking forward to the second of the team's home races, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, next weekend.
The Australian endured a torrid time at the team's other home, picking up grid and race penalties for an engine change on his RB11, but soldiered on for another tenth place finish, his second of the season. With Silverstone having similar hallmarks to both the Red Bull Ring and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Ricciardo knows not to place too much expectation on the British race, but can't help getting excited about it.
“I can't hide it - Silverstone's awesome!” he enthused, “I love high-speed circuits with high-speed corners – so the run from Copse through Maggotts, Becketts, Chapel and then around Stowe... They're maybe the five coolest corners on the calendar and to have them coming at you one after the other, yeah, I love it!”
Having won the British F3 title and raced other junior formulae at the 'home of the British Grand Prix', Ricciardo is well-acquainted with the former airfield, and can accurately date his F1 debut to the venue having been called up to the struggling HRT team for the race four short years ago.
“At the time, it was probably the quickest I'd ever been around the circuit because the HRT was just about faster than the old-spec FR3.5 car,” he grins, “It's definitely a circuit where, the faster the car, the better the experience – though that's usually the case with high-speed tracks! Silverstone's great in a Formula Renault 2.0 but, in an F1 car? It's epic!”
With no German Grand Prix to follow Silverstone, the British round will be Ricciardo's last F1 action for a few weeks, and he admits that he is expecting to carry memories of the likely reception through the break.
“The thing about Silverstone is that it's packed from Thursday onwards,” he commented, “If we have one of those nice, hot blue-sky sunny weekends, then the atmosphere's amazing. But, if it's grey, wet and windy, then the atmosphere's still amazing. I'm not sure how that's possible – but Silverstone manages it. As for driving in those conditions, it's still exciting – but in a very different way!”
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