Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a superb Italian Grand Prix by taking a deserved fourth place and a much-needed 12 points for the team. Attention switches to the lights of Singapore, where the Australian is keen to build up some momentum.
How much do you enjoy the challenge of Singapore?
I do relish the physical and mental challenge in Singapore. It’s an intense race weekend and one you have to be ready for, more so than other races. I learnt a lot from my first race there in 2011 and realised the need for being ready for the challenge. You need to be sharp for Singapore. The heat and humidity there seems to stay within the walls and buildings. There isn’t much circulation too and if you lift your visor to get some fresh air, you don’t get any, and it makes it worse!
What’s the circuit like to drive?
The circuit is long and busy. You have to get close to the exit walls and sometimes you’re there holding your breath a bit. I have always enjoyed racing at street circuits. It’s a feeling of being absolutely on it, close to the edge and it’s an awesome feeling. Singapore was the first real night race in Formula 1, and there’s something I like about waking up later and then going to bed in the early hours. I’ve enjoyed some success there with some podiums in recent times. We need to back up the excellent result in Italy and put the heat on the race for fourth.
How pleasing was the last race?
We deserved the double top five finish in Italy. We clearly had the pace from the moment we hit the track on Friday and, from there, executed a really good weekend to come away with 22 points. It was nice to have my best result for the team. We know now there will be eyes on us to repeat that, but I can see no reason why we can’t string together more solid results and really chase down fourth place. The challenge excites me.