This British Grand Prix gets underway this weekend, and Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo cannot wait to sample the faster speeds and intense physical challenge they are set to experience, at the Silverstone Circuit this year.
Having started his F1 career at this very grand prix, it has always held a special place in the Australian’s heart, but the high-speed corners on offer at this track also make it one of Ricciardo’s favourite circuits to race at.
“Looking ahead to the British Grand Prix, I actually made my F1 race debut at Silverstone so it will always be a special track for that reason.
“I have driven at Silverstone since I raced in British F3 and I’ve always enjoyed the high speed combinations of Copse, Maggots, Beckett’s and Stowe; that part of real estate is seriously some of the best in Formula 1.”
With the faster cars now in use in 2017, the Australian says driving round Copse Corner should be mega.
“This year with the higher speeds Silverstone will be even better. I think Copse should be full throttle and if so, that will be intense. We will be getting a lot of Gs’ through the high speed sections and it will be one of the biggest physical challenges this season.”
One of the highlights of the weekend for Ricciardo is the strong support from the British fans, for all drivers and teams, not just home-grown talent, which makes for a brilliant atmosphere.
“The British fans are amazing, we have raced there in boiling heat, well not boiling heat really but for the English it’s boiling heat, also hail and rain and they will come early in the morning and stay until late in the evening.
“They are real motorsport fans, they love it and they are also loyal. Loyal to the local drivers but also happy to see any of us drivers and show us support, it’s a great atmosphere.”