After a solid drive in Imola, Daniel Ricciardo made it two podiums in three races. Next up is the fast and thrilling Istanbul Park, a circuit the Australian drove in the wet nine years ago as he seeks to continue his points run.
How much are you looking forward to racing at Istanbul Park?
I can’t wait for Turkey. I’ve only done one session there in Free Practice 1 in 2011 and it was in the wet, so if it’s dry, it’ll basically be a new track for me. It’s an awesome circuit and a lot of fun to drive. It’s going to be pretty cool in a modern Formula 1 car with some fast corners and long periods of time on the throttle. I think it will provide good racing as overtaking should be more straightforward [than Imola]. I think it’s a pretty complete circuit, so I’m certainly looking forward to that. I think full beans around there is going to be awesome. Turn 8 is a great corner, but so is Turn 1, the downhill, unsighted left. It’s really cool!
Has the second podium feeling sunk in?
The second podium felt pretty good again. It’s quite close in succession to the first a couple of weeks ago, so it’s all a bit surreal at the moment. It’s been some ride during the last few weeks and I’ve enjoyed it. With the current situation, it’s not like we can celebrate, but it’s been nice to take it all in. I’m staying focused and not letting it get to me as there are four races to go this season. I’m fourth in the championship, the team is third and I want to keep the train going.