The Last Rodeo: Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marks the 38th and final race for Daniel Ricciardo in Renault colours. The Australian has two podiums to his name during that time but remains determined as ever to depart with a big result.

How much do you enjoy racing in Abu Dhabi?
It’s time for the last race of the year in Abu Dhabi. It’s a track I’ve always really enjoyed, and it’s one of the first places I drove a Formula 1 car, so the circuit holds some early memories of the sport for me. The weather is great there and the paddock is one of the nicest of the year so it’s all very luxurious and nice to end what has been a very strange but equally memorable year.

What’s the circuit like?
The track is a fun one, but it’s quite difficult to overtake so qualifying will be important. It’s very different to where we just were on the outer circuit in Bahrain, but we come here on a high following the result last weekend. It’s also my last race with the team and I want to end it on a high and leave knowing we gave everything to the very end.

How are you feeling ahead of your last race with the team?
Fourth and third in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship is still up for grabs so there is a lot still to play for. We’ll look to put one more strong one together and close out the year and my time at Renault in style!