Daniel Ricciardo is back in town ready for the second part of the 2019 season. The first challenge, tackling the longest track on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps.
What are your thoughts on Spa-Francorchamps?
I think most drivers love racing at Spa. It’s such a cool place and a track with a lot of history. I seem to have a decent record there; a win in 2014 and podiums in 2016 and 2017. It’s a long lap – the longest of the year – so if you do make a mistake you know there is a chance to make it back up somewhere. There are so many corners to get right and it’s never over until you cross that line.
Do you have a favourite corner?
Of course, we all love taking on Eau Rouge – that’s a wicked corner – but I really enjoy the middle sector. It flows nicely with quick changes of direction. Pouhon – Turn 10 – is rapid nowadays and it’s probably one of the most enjoyable corners on the calendar. It’s pretty brave, over 280kph in seventh gear. It’s a great feeling, especially on an all-out qualifying lap.
Are you looking forward to the rest of the season?
It’s been a challenging season so far, we can’t hide from that. There have been some positives, some things not so good, so the summer break was ideal for us. It was nice to take some time off, have a holiday in Los Angeles, and not think too much about racing. It was the same for the team, so hopefully we’re all feeling refreshed now. We’re targeting a better second-half of the season to catch our competitors. I know we can do it, we just need cleaner weekends.