Daniel Ricciardo rocketed his way from sixteenth to sixth in Japan with an overtaking-dominated display. The Australian heads to Mexico, the scene of his scintillating pole position in 2018, with confidence and targets more points.
How enjoyable is the Mexican Grand Prix?
Mexico is an awesome place and I really enjoy going there. The atmosphere in the paddock is full of life and quite vibrant. Everyone seems like they are having a good time, it’s all in good spirit and there’s always plenty going on. It’s nice to have Mexico and Austin as a back to back because they are both hospitable and you won’t go bored there. Viva Mexico!
Do you like the circuit?
It’s a decent circuit with overtaking opportunities; the long straight into Turn 1 and again at Turn 4, for example. I love the stadium section. It’s slow-speed but it’s really unique with the crowd surrounding you in front and at the sides. It’s an insane experience driving through there.
What can you remember about last year’s pole position?
The pole position last year was pretty memorable. It was an exciting lap, putting it all together at the end; it was special. If we can get into Q3 and be first of the midfield this weekend then that will be pretty good too.
How happy were you to score in Japan?
Japan was quite a crazy weekend, so to round it off with sixth place from sixteenth on the grid was awesome. We’ve been on a disappointing run recently so we deserved the result in Japan. We’re aiming to carry some momentum now in Mexico. The target is to better the McLarens and outscore them to keep the pressure on. Let’s go Mexico!