Forward thinking - Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo

Our Australian is remaining positive ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

What do you like about the Spanish Grand Prix?
The Spanish Grand Prix is always an exciting time of the year as it’s the first European round of the season. Barcelona is a fun circuit, we all know it very well from all the winter and in-season testing. It’s a circuit I’ve always enjoyed racing at in my career: I won there in Formula Renault 3.5 and in recent years have been on the podium. We’ll be targeting a clean weekend right from the off on Friday and hopefully come away with some points in the bag.

What’s a lap like at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
The track has a bit of everything, which is why it’s probably a good circuit for testing. The first sector has a nice flow, especially the run through Turns 1, 2 and 3. The final sector slows down a bit and is more technical, placing a bit of a demand on the rear tyres which can overheat quite easily if you’re not careful.

What are your post-Azerbaijan feelings?
I feel bad for the team about what happened in Baku, especially as we were starting to hit a nice rhythm in the race. We’ll take the positives from it, move on and go again in Barcelona. Unfortunately, the three-place grid penalty isn’t ideal, but it’s one I’ll accept for my error and I’ll deal with it as best as I can in Spain. Maybe it’s time to crack out some of the overtaking moves!