Aston Martin Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo has set his eyes on victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, having claimed four podiums in the last four years.
Having retired from the last two races at Belgium and Italy, Ricciardo will be hoping to bounce back at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, a track where he has a strong record at.
The race at Singapore is often described as one of the toughest on the calendar, due to it’s high temperatures and the tough physicality the drivers have to go through for the 61 lap race.
Ricciardo recalled the first ever Singapore Grand Prix he took part in back in 2011 with HRT, saying how it was one of the worst races and how it has helped him prepared for the weekend, turning the pain into pleasure.
“I have learnt to love the challenge of Singapore, ” said Ricciardo. “For me, the first year I raced there in 2011 was one of the worst races I have been involved in.
“Physically it was so intense, I just underestimated how hard it would be. I wasn’t in a happy place after that race, it gave me a feeling I never want to experience in a race car again, so I made a promise to myself that I would always come to Singapore over-prepared.
“In a way this is now something I take pride in; I always get there feeling really sharp and well prepared. I now really like that challenge and I also thrive in the heat. In a strange way, the pain has become pleasure over the years.”
Ricciardo is known for his love for street tracks, having won this year’s Monaco Grand Prix in an dominant display despite suffering an engine related issue.
Red Bull is expected to perform strongly here around the Marina Bay track, often suiting to their car thanks to the high aerodynamic designs on the Milton Keynes based car.
The Australian has recorded four podium appearances at Singapore in the last four years, all taken in the V6 hybrid era, but has never stepped on top of the rostrum. Ricciardo hopes this year it’ll change as he aims to capture his third win of the season.
“As everyone knows, I love street circuits. The feeling of driving on the edge, so close to the walls, is something you just can’t get enough of,” Ricciardo continues.
“It’s the original night race and the schedule is always pretty hectic but there is something kind of romantic about going to the track at night and then to bed at four or five in the morning.
“It’s a place where I also have good races and finish pretty strong. I’ve had four podiums and three second places in a row there, so it’s about time I win the damn thing.”