Australian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to erase the memory of last year’s lacklustre home race and end his podium-less run in Melbourne.
Ricciardo’s last race in his home country was hampered by both a driver error and technical problems.
After crashing out and damaging his gearbox during the final part of qualifying, Ricciardo started the 2017 event from the pit lane three laps into the race.
With hopes of points already faint when he joined the race, they were eradicated altogether when he retired with fuel-related issue.
Looking ahead to the 2018 Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo suggested that the aim for this year’s race is to leave the event with his first silverware from Melbourne.
“Starting the F1 season in Australia means there is so much hype and so much build up, now with me being the only Australian on the grid there is extra attention, extra questioning and expectation.
“It’s a lot but it’s fun, it’s cool but it does mean I usually leave that weekend needing 48 hours of pure serenity and quietness.
“Melbourne in 2017 was a combination of my errors and some misfortune, I crashed in qualifying and then we had a technical issue for the race.
“We were all putting our hand up saying “my fault” last year so 2018 is definitely time to get what we deserve in Melbourne, or get what we came for, that sounds better.”
Ricciardo made it to the podium ceremonies after initially finishing second at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, but he was disqualified from the classification after breaking the rules on fuel limits.