Daniel Ricciardo: “This year should be a bit more fun”


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Daniel Ricciardo is expecting the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit to be less challenging and more fun to drive than in 2015, with the track having had time to bed in after being fresh and unused last season.

The Red Bull Racing driver finished fifth last year but took a podium last weekend in the United States Grand Prix, and is eager to experience the fantastic atmosphere the Mexico City-based track once more, feeling that both the US and Mexican venues are extremely hospitable places.

“Last year in Mexico it was quite challenging, the surface was so new it meant grip levels were really low,” said Ricciardo. “This year should be a bit more fun with a bit more feeling.

“The track has some really cool sections, driving slow through the stadium bits means you can feel the atmosphere from the fans.

“Last year it was the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival so we went out on the Sunday after the race. We had a meal and everyone was dressed up in the skulls, it felt like we were in a movie.

“For me, having Austin and Mexico as a back to back is great because they are two of the most hospitable places we go and really cool to spend time there.”