Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo is a big fan of racing in Austria, at a circuit that bares the name of the Milton Keynes based squad, and which allows them to get up to some interesting antics, a few of which have certainly stuck in the Australian’s mind.
“We get the full Red Bull hospitality when we’re at the Austrian Grand Prix and you definitely feel part of a big family as a Red Bull athlete.
“We have done some pretty crazy things at the track, wearing the lederhosen race suit is something different and a few weeks ago Max and I raced caravans there. To be honest I’m not sure they would have let us do that anywhere else as the caravans were destroyed, but we loved it!”
Ricciardo loves driving the Spielberg track; so much so, that he wishes the lap went on for longer than it currently does, and after taking his first win of the season last time out in Azerbaijan, the 28-year-old is looking to keep that victory vibe going in Austria this weekend.
“At any kind of power circuit like Austria you want to be smooth and get good exits in order to give yourself the best chance on the long straights.
“The compromise is always the aero package, but the key is to find a good balance throughout the lap. “
“I really enjoy the track and the only downside is that I wish it was a bit longer. I wish it had a few more corners, but the corners that do exist are great fun.”
One of the big plus points for the Australian at a venue like Austria, is the delicious food on offer, and Ricciardo finds it difficult to turn down one specific part of the local cuisine in particular.
“I know we always get on to food (laughs) but I really do look forward to a good schnitzel, ooh, I love schnitzel with fresh lemon and cranberry jam, it’s so good.”