Chinese Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo says the Shanghai Circuit wasn’t one of his favourites when he first started in F1, but says that recent years have changed his opinion.
Ricciardo endured a nightmare weekend on home soil in Melbourne last weekend, crashing in qualifying before encountering mechanical issues that first put him two laps down at the start of the race before a late retirement.
Keen to reset and get started properly, the next race takes place in China next Sunday, and Ricciardo says that it’s a venue that has needed time to settle into:
“Shanghai is a track that has definitely grown on me over time. 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.”
Ricciardo’s best result in Shanghai is P4, coming at the wheel of a Red Bull in 2016 & 2014. With the Chinese circuit favouring cars with more horsepower than the Renault power units RBR have run in recent years, a podium could still be a tough ask this season.