Daniel Ricciardo: “There is always a good atmosphere”


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Daniel Ricciardo heads into the season finale in Abu Dhabi already confirmed in third place in the Drivers’ Championship, but is aiming to end the season on a high.

The Red Bull Racing driver feels he has always good well at the Yas Marina Circuit although he is still looking for his first podium at the track, with his best finish coming in 2014 when he took fourth.

Ricciardo feels the final sector in particular is enjoyable and with it being the final round of the season, it usually has a great atmosphere, something he is eager to enjoy once more.

“I have always gone well on the track at Abu Dhabi, it’s been really enjoyable in the past, especially the last sector underneath the hotel, that’s great fun,” said Ricciardo. “It has a bit of a street circuit style to the layout which I enjoy. I had my first ever Formula 1 test at this track so it holds good memories and has generally been good to me.

“As it is the last race of the season I usually have some friends out for some fun and there is always a good atmosphere. It’s kind of like the Middle Eastern Monaco, and it definitely has that vibe to it. There are usually some celebrities and good parties knocking around that weekend which adds to the buzz of the season finale.”