He might not have raced at the Nürburgring since 2013, but Daniel Ricciardo heads to the legendary raceway looking to continue his solid run of form.
What are your thoughts on the Nürburgring?
I last drove the Nürburgring in 2013 so it’s been a while, but I am looking forward to racing the circuit again. In terms of the track, the last chicane is quite fun as you approach it quite fast and jump over the kerbs, making the exit of the corner quite wild. In today’s Formula 1 cars it will be very quick, so it should be fun, and we go there looking to build on the positive run we’re on.
What’s your racing record like there?
I’ve not raced there too often in my career, but I qualified sixth in 2013 and I also had a purple last sector in Q2 that year. I was quite new to Formula 1 then, so I was pretty stoked! I’ve raced here in a few junior categories too, I finished second back in 2011 in what was called World Series by Renault. I also did my first race in Formula 3 back in 2008. I was still racing Formula Renault 2.0 at the time, but I was given a chance during an off weekend for our championship. I think an old German team-mate of mine won that weekend…Nico something! It’s one of those classic circuits, which I’m sure most drivers have raced during their career.
How challenging might the conditions be at this time of year?
The weather report looks quite cold and wet, so it’ll be very different to our last few races where it’s been warm. It’ll be interesting to see how the car behaves in these conditions. Overall, given the time of year it could be quite an unpredictable weekend so we could be in for a crazy race. Let’s see what happens, I’ll be ready regardless of the weather!