Ricciardo ready to take on Singapore GP challenge

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 4, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images). Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to racing at the Singapore Grand Prix next weekend, which sees the F1 fraternity visit the first night race of the season, an experience that is hard to beat according to the Australian.

“Singapore is great, a real night race. Being able to drive through a massive city at night with all the lights flashing between buildings as you go past is an awesome feeling. It’s weird, I think it actually feels like you are going faster at night.”

Conditions are physically hard going for the drivers as it is extremely hot, but the challenge is one Ricciardo relishes. The Singapore cuisine is also a big plus point to visiting the island city for the 27-year-old, who is partial to a number of their delicacies.

“It’s really hot and humid out there, I would say it is probably the most physical race of the year but I enjoy the challenge. One main highlight for me is the food, It’s amazing in Singapore. You can get everything and anything but Chilli mud crabs are pretty mega so I love having them a lot.”

Being on the southern side of the globe, Singapore is close enough to allow Ricciardo’s family and friends to hop across and take in the action, and also means the Australian gets massive support from the crowd, something he really appreciates.

“It seems like a really fun city and I’m really fortunate to get a lot of people coming over from Australia and especially Perth, this means I get a lot of love in Singapore.”

In 2015, Ricciardo took second place behind Sebastian Vettel and the Australian will be hoping to go one better this year, at a track that should really suit the RB12.