Formula 1

Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m feeling good coming into Malaysia”

1 Mins read

Daniel Ricciardo heads into the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend with the hope that his Infiniti Red Bull Racing team and their engine suppliers Renault can boost his performance and hopefully help him challenge for better results than he could achieve in the season opener down under in Australia.

Despite finishing a lapped sixth at Albert Park, Ricciardo heads into the Malaysia Grand Prix with his spirits high, and hopes to be driving an improved RB11 this weekend around the Sepang circuit.

“I’m feeling good coming into Malaysia,” admitted Ricciardo. “I know we have a lot of things to improve on and I’m optimistic that we can achieve some of those in Malaysia, which will give us some more performance. I’m just hanging out waiting to drive now, but it’s good.

“The season has started now and I think if anyone had any first race jitters they’re gone and I think Malaysia should run a lot smoother for everyone.”

Ricciardo speaks about the importance of being properly prepared and properly hydrated ahead of what is traditionally a very difficult race for the body with the high temperatures and high humidity.

“I think once you’re in the car it’s hard, the work is done before getting in it,” insisted Ricciardo. “Hydration is really, really important and keeps you cooler. The more hydrated you are, the more your body dispatches the heat.

“And do some heat training before the event to make it feel like it’s not as hot, but once you’re in the car, it’s like a sauna and you can’t get out of it.”

Another factor that can affect the Malaysian Grand Prix is the unpredictability of the weather, with rain often a threat to the racing. Ricciardo admits to enjoying racing in the rain, and finds it satisfying when wet races go his way.

“I think racing in the wet is a bit of a love/hate relationship,” revealed Ricciardo. “Sometimes you have a really good wet race and all of a sudden you’re the rain master and other times it just doesn’t quite work.

“Generally I think it’s a really good challenge, visibility is a lot worse and the car is obviously a lot harder to manage. I think if you master the rain conditions it is a very satisfying feeling.”

13730 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Ocon Rues Inconsistency during 2023 Season after Missing out on Top Ten Championship Finish

1 Mins read
Esteban Ocon scored only fifty-eight points in 2023 and ended twelfth in the final championship standings, with the Frenchman believing a lack of consistency cost him dearly.
Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton: Post-race disqualification “doesn't take away from the progress we've made”

2 Mins read
Lewis Hamilton was disqualified from the United States Grand Prix due to a technical regulation violation, and lost out on a second place result.
Formula 1

Max Verstappen takes 50th Grand Prix victory in Austin

2 Mins read
Verstappen led a charging Hamilton to take the win at the United States Grand Prix after struggling under braking throughout the race.