Ricciardo Excited for Return to ‘Awesome’ Mexico and Eyes Top Three Finish

by Paul Hensby
Daniel Ricciardo - Aston Martin Red Bull Racing - Circuit of the Americas

Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the annual trek to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend, with the Australian feeling everything about Mexico is awesome – aside from the traffic!

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver says the atmosphere trackside is always alive and full of life, and the spirit gives everyone a lot of enjoyment across the whole weekend as Formula 1 hosts its nineteenth Grand Prix of the season.

“The only negative with Mexico is the traffic, everything else about it is awesome,” said Ricciardo, who arrives in Mexico on the back of a disappointing retirement from the United States Grand Prix last weekend.  “The area where we stay is great, the hotel is beautiful and the atmosphere in the paddock is full of life.

“There’s just a really good spirit, lots of face paint, lots of dia de los muertos stuff going on and I love that they have Mariachi bands everywhere.”

Ricciardo feels the layout of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez offers potential for overtaking, which means races there are never boring, although he hopes to end his long podium drought this weekend, having last finished inside the top three when he won the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May.

“The circuit is okay and at least it provides overtaking opportunities which means the races are never boring,” said the Australian.  “I love the stadium section, that’s unique and the crowd there is insane.

“The podium looks awesome, so hopefully I can taste a bit of that this year. If you like tequila and tacos – I mean, do you boys like Mexico? Wohoo!”

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