It was 868 days between Daniel Ricciardo’s last Formula 1 podium – Monaco 2018 - and his trip to the rostrum at the Eifel Grand Prix last Sunday. The Australian is delighted to have ticked this off the list as he heads to Portugal motivated and confident.
What do you know about the Algarve International Circuit?
I actually have some good memories from racing in Portimão. The first time I raced there was in 2009 in British Formula 3, and I wrapped up the title there that year. It was the penultimate round; I was on the podium in the first race then I finished fifth in the second race, but it was good enough to take the title. Earlier that year, I had my first taste of a Formula Renault 3.5 car there too. It’s a circuit I really enjoyed back then, so I’m sure it’ll be even better in a modern Formula 1 car!
There’s some good elevation and fast, flowing corners to get into. It’s a very exciting track. The weather should be much warmer than in Nürburgring, so I’ll be back to my usual smiling self. We should have a normal Friday programme to run through and we’ll be aiming to get into it from the off and aim for some solid points.
Has the podium feeling sunk in?
It was a great feeling last Sunday standing on the podium. It felt like it was my first time up there all over again. It felt special as it was definitely coming. We’ve had a couple of fourth places this year, so close to third, and it felt like it would happen. Persistence pays off and I’m really happy for the team and the hard work everyone has been putting in for a few years now. We’re not finished yet, though. I think there’s another one in us before the year is out. We won’t stop working and we won’t just rest on this. We have a target in sight. In the meantime, we also need to work on Cyril’s tattoo!