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Daniel Ricciardo: “The track doesn’t really do it for me”

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Daniel Ricciardo does not rate the Interlagos circuit, the venue for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, amongst his favourite tracks, feeling the circuit does not give him any real ‘satisfaction’.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver feels the circuit could benefit from having a few more corners, but says the current lay out does not offer the biggest challenge to drivers, revealing being patient is the most important entity required to be quick.

“Brazil’s a wonderful grand prix with a great atmosphere in an exciting city but the track doesn’t really do it for me,” reflected Ricciardo. “There’s just not a corner that gives you any real satisfaction.

“I don’t want to make it sound dull, because it isn’t, but like Russia, there isn’t a corner that makes you go ‘Woooo-Hoooo!’ It needs a few more corners and something really high speed.

“There’s a couple that look good on paper but because of the cambers, you never really have the grip to go barrelling in. The crowd really gets your heart-rate up before the sessions, so you want to be really on it but instead have to be very patient.”

Ricciardo reveals drivers get a lot of attention on the grid with the grandstands so close to the circuit, but feels the fans in Brazil are great.

“The start-finish straight is very narrow, so if your grid slot is on the outside, you’re about two metres away from the grandstand,” said Ricciardo. “You better hope they like you because if not you’re a pretty easy target when you’re pulling your helmet on!

“It’s a good time though. Lots of noise, lots of air horns, trumpets, drums. Like Mexico, it’s the crowd you want for a grand prix. Brazilians are cool.”

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