Daniel Ricciardo left Singapore with a feeling of frustration after a stellar drive from the back of the grid put him in top ten contention. The Australian is now focused on Russia where he has an extra ounce of determination for a solid haul of points.
How much do you like the Russian Grand Prix?
Sochi is quite a cool track as it’s very flat and open; almost directly opposite to the close walls and bumps in Singapore. It’s an enjoyable lap with a lot going on at the wheel. The surface is smooth with quite a lot of challenging corners to get right. The Russian Grand Prix has certainly grown on me since it was introduced to the calendar.
What’s the feeling after the Singapore race?
The whole weekend was a bit of a shame in the end, having initially looked so promising. The disqualification was painful to take as we know how important track position is in Singapore and how difficult overtaking can be. It is what it is and we gave it our best. I was having a lot of fun for the first-half of the race with some overtakes, but then it all came undone. It would have been a great result had we pulled it off.
How important is it for a strong outing in Russia?
We have the opportunity to carry some energy into Russia and look to make amends and be back where we deserve to be. After the summer break we’ve looked very strong and turned the battle for fourth around. A good result in Sochi is possible, we just need to piece together a solid weekend like we have at the last few Grands Prix.