Daniel Ricciardo returns to Sepang, for the first time as a fully fledged Red Bull driver, fully aware of the challenges he faces at the forthcoming Malaysian Grand Prix thanks to experience gained when he raced at the venue as a 16 year old.
Speaking to The Star, Ricciardo who raced in Formula BMW Asia Series at Sepang in 2006 said, “I first drove at Sepang when I was 16. One thing you have to take into account is the heat. Until you’ve experienced the heat in the cockpit, it isn’t something you can fully appreciate, no matter what people tell you. I was drinking six litres of fluid a day and I still suffered.”
Reflecting on the bittersweet season opener in Australia where he crossed the line second, but was disqualified hours later, the 24 year old said, “Whatever the outcome in Melbourne, I still feel really good about my performance.”
“It would have been nice to get the 18 points but I’m happy that I still stood on the podium and that was a great feeling. I know I did a good job and I can take that with me to the next race in Malaysia,” said the Australian who will make his 52nd grand prix start on Sunday. (GP247)
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