Ricciardo ready for Austin return around ‘sick’ COTA


Daniel Ricciardo - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniel Ricciardo has nothing bad to say about the Circuit of the Americas, the host of round eighteen of the 2016 Formula 1 season, and feels it is a circuit that suits the Australian.

The Red Bull Racing driver finished on the podium at the circuit back in 2014, and Ricciardo feels it is a fun track to drive and is looking for a return to the podium this year.

“The track in Austin is sick, I love it,” said Ricciardo. “It has a lot of unique features like the wide apex at turn one, you could fit about four cars side by side through there.

“There are loads of opportunities to overtake and have fun throughout the whole track. It has fast flowing sections and hairpins, pretty much everything I like in a track.”

Ricciardo is looking to experience more of the Austin lifestyle this year, and has enjoyed the character of the city in his past four visits.

“Austin city is also awesome, I really like its character,” admits Ricciardo. “It’s raw and authentic which makes it cool without trying to be.

“The old school bars and music venues which are super cool just makes it work. Pete’s Piano bar and Rainey Street has a lot of local music which is a really nice vibe and I want to check out Hotel Vegas this year.”