Daniel Ricciardo: “You can have a good scrap”

Daniel Ricciardo had a troubled Canadian Grand Prix, finishing outside the points a year on from winning the same race, but now heads to the Austrian Grand Prix at his Infiniti Red Bull Racing team’s home race eager to make up for two weeks ago.

Ricciardo feels the short Red Bull Ring track is interesting, and described some of the features of the circuit, feeling it flows quite well, with a combination of quick and slow corners.

“Turn One is pretty cool as it climbs up the hill,” said Ricciardo. “It looks tight but actually it isn’t, it’s pretty quick, about third gear, and it opens up nicely.

“Turn Two is interesting as you climb a lot into what’s quite a tight right-hander, going uphill and off-camber. The second-last corner as well, that’s quick too. It’s quite flowing. There’s two tight corners but the rest are quick – third gear and up.”

Twelve months ago, Ricciardo was the sole finisher of the four Red Bull-backed drivers, and could only eighth on the road, but made a stunning pass on the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg around the outside of turn four on the final lap.

“[Last year was] not one of our strongest but good nonetheless,” said Ricciardo. “[The track is] short, there aren’t a lot of corners – but the corners that there are good; there are a couple of proper quick turns and plenty to catch you out.

“It’s a fast track. You can have a good scrap as well. I finished the race in a really good tussle with The Hulk. Good stuff.”