Daniel Ricciardo had mixed results at Silverstone, but his impressive pace in qualifying at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix gives the Australian a good feeling heading to Barcelona where he has scored two podiums in the past.
What are your thoughts on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
It’s probably the most familiar circuit for all of us with all the pre-season and in-season testing we do there. I think it’s going to be interesting going there now, this late in the year, when it’s going to be a lot warmer than in February or even May when we usually race. We had a decent winter test there earlier in the year, but the car has changed a bit since then, so I’m looking forward to trying that out. It’s not usually the most exciting of races for overtakes as it’s a high-speed circuit and quite hard to follow the car in front. I think if we can qualify well, there’s no reason we can’t have a strong result.
What do you take away from the Silverstone double-header?
To take 24 points as a team from the two races is certainly very good; not only from a performance perspective but also for the Constructors’ Championship. We definitely missed out a bit on Sunday, though, after a decent qualifying. For some reason, we just couldn’t make the two-stop work, especially on the Medium tyre on the second stint. We’ll investigate what we can do to improve that next time, so it was a bit disappointing not to score any points. But we’ve definitely found an improvement in performance and that’s really pleasing. We’ll aim to put it all together this weekend in Barcelona, and it’s exciting to have a change of scenery!