Daniel Ricciardo matched his best result in Renault colours after a superb fourth place at Silverstone on Sunday. The Australian kept his cool amongst the chaos, as he sets his sights on doing it all over again this weekend for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
How do you reflect on the first Silverstone race?
It was crazy out there towards the end. It really was amazing, and we managed to get a decent reward from it by having good pace right to the chequered flag. It was important to have a solid start to the race and keep in touch with those ahead of us, which we managed well. It felt really good, and a morale booster for the team, but, as always, we want more. We were 1.1 seconds from a podium, so we’re heading the right way.
What will be different about this weekend?
We’ll be hoping for a similar result, that’s for sure. And, who knows, maybe we can! I think the weather looks to be hot again all weekend and that will bring some challenges. It was also very windy at Silverstone and that makes things tricky in a Formula 1 car. We’re heading a step softer on tyres, which will certainly be interesting. We don’t see that many two-stop races and this one should be a two-stopper, so we’ll see what happens there. The aim will be to nail our qualifying and see if we can sneak a little further up for the start. Our race pace has been good, so let’s see what we can do.
What will you do in the week to prepare for the race?
These high-speed circuits do take it out from you, so I’ll do a bit of recovery throughout the early part of the week. I’ll rest a bit and then build up some training ready for the weekend. It still feels quite strange not to be flying off anywhere after the race and that we’ll be back at the same circuit for a race only a few days apart. The routine is nice, so I’m looking forward to it. Let’s do it!