Daniel Ricciardo: “Shanghai is a track that has definitely grown on me”

Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the Chinese Grand Prix - Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo has grown to enjoy the Shanghai International Circuit over the years, and heads into his sixth race there this weekend aiming for his first podium at the track.

The Red Bull Racing driver has two fourth placed finishes at the track including in 2016, and is looking forward to returning there this year in the RB13 hoping for better luck than he achieved in the opening race of the season in Australia, where he was forced to retire with engine issues after starting from the pit lane.

“Shanghai is a track that has definitely grown on me over time,” said Ricciardo. “When I first went there it wasn’t one of my favourites and I wasn’t normally that competitive but since I’ve been with Red Bull Racing the circuit has been a real strength of mine and I’ve had some good results. Now I really enjoy the circuit and going back there.

“The city is quite far from the track but I try to take time to visit as it’s a pretty cool place. It’s a very international city with a good nightlife and some great restaurants, you really can find anything and everything there.”