one-on-one with F1 star forward of British GP

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Ricciardo talks about this season’s troubles, what he hopes to realize earlier than retiring and the way he likes to detach himself from the motoring scene

Forward of subsequent weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, quite a lot of drivers on the grid discovered themselves collectively in moderately extra relaxed circumstances finally weekend’s Goodwood Competition of Velocity.

It’s one of many few alternatives at this time’s Method One giants get to drive the older crop of racing fashions, within the public eye, on a circuit alongside one another. This 12 months Daniel Ricciardo, contemporary into his contract at Renault, had an opportunity to drive every part (in anger) from the agency’s hardcore new Megane Trophy R to the race-winning 2012 Renault-powered E20 F1 automotive.

In between his time on the wheel and being bodily mobbed by followers of all ages, Autocar grabbed 5 minutes with Ricciardo to speak store. 

How are you feeling about tackling the hillclimb, within the rain, in a automotive you’re not that aware of (the 2012 F1 automotive)?

It’s really simpler now! I’d in all probability be extra nervous if it was dry as I used to be going to place stress on myself – I used to be tempted to scare myself a bit and go all out, so it’s in all probability safer this fashion. 

It’s been a less-than-perfect season thus far for Renault. Are you now considering forward to 2020, or do you’ve gotten an concept of easy methods to enhance issues now?

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I’ve not thought one bit about 2020. The season for me nonetheless appears like its beginning – I do know we’ve executed quite a lot of races now, however there’s nonetheless a lot extra for me and the group to ship.  To already assume subsequent 12 months appears untimely.

We’ve undoubtedly received an concept of what we must be bettering and simply sadly once we tried to deal with these issues with the improve in France it didn’t appear to deal with all of them, if a few of them. We all know what we’ve gotta do. Myself and Nico are giving the identical suggestions on the place we really feel the automotive will be stronger and the place the weaknesses lie. I feel we’ve pinpointed it however executing it’s taking a little bit of time. 

Are you trying ahead to Silverstone this weekend? 

I actually like Silverstone, hopefully its not this climate. I don’t assume I’ve really turned a lap within the Renault F1 automotive within the rain but. However Silverstone’s cool, I like the environment. It’s a high-speed circuit so you actually really feel the downforce – that and Suzuki, these are the 2 tracks the place you are feeling the aero most. And it’s It’s like a competition environment: rain, hail or shine, everybody appears to point out up. 

This 12 months is your eighth in F1. Are you continue to in love with the game regardless of every part?

Completely. Like every part you’ve gotten your days, particularly within the final 12 months [at Red Bull] some days I did hate it, however no I do find it irresistible I’m nonetheless very motivated and optimistic.  That hasn’t wavered. 

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Has there been any ideas in any respect about what’s subsequent for you?

I’m simply hinking concerning the now. A number of years in the past I believed it might be cool to strive another races, however now I feel the extra concerned I get in F1 the extra I need out of it, and since I’m nonetheless but to realize in the end what I need which is a world title, so I’m going to place all my effort into that and I don’t actually need to be sidetracked by anything. I’m all in on it, and hopefully it really works out. 

Are you getting concerned within the determination making across the 2021 rule adjustments?

Us as drivers are undoubtedly attempting to have an enter and I feel we at the moment are – probably the most that we’ve been collectively in a very long time. I feel it’s grown the final ew years it was fairly separated, now due to the GPDA (Grand Prix Driver’s Affiliation) and all that, drivers opinions, within the final three years it’s received rather a lot higher. 

I I don’t assume it’s gonna activate its head however I feel we are able to undoubtedly make some enhancements. All of us need the identical factor, we wish to have the ability to race tougher and nearer, and hopefully we are able to discover a means. 

So that you’re pleased with the path Liberty Media is taking?

They’re definitely open minded, I feel that helps, they’re completely happy to take heed to us greater than something. They’re attempting to know the path as properly, it’s all new for them. 

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What about away from the observe, do you get any time to understand motoring and are you continue to a automotive nut?

I’m fairly up and down with it, some weekends off for instance I like to be far far faraway from racing, I don’t need to see a automotive, however then different instances – I went for a drive final week and it was nice. Typically I actually simply need to detach myself from it.

I received a few automobiles however I don’t have a large assortment. I do admire automobiles, and I’m beginning to admire extra older automobiles, I simply turned thirty so perhaps that’s why. 

Have you ever ever been requested to become involved in your individual particular version of a manufacturing automotive? I’m considering like Vettel and his Infiniti FX…

I suppose if the suitable alternative got here up can be cool. I haven’t actually thought of it or had it mentioned with me, but when one thing was put in entrance of me that I actually like I might undoubtedly be open to it. 

Learn extra:

British GP preview: Daniel Ricciardo talks contracts, confidence and his dream three-car storage

Goodwood Competition of Velocity 2019: better of the F1 automobiles

Why Canadian GP controversy is sweet for F1


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