Daniel Ricciardo excited about US Grand Prix: ‘The extra energy I get from the atmosphere is immeasurable’
Daniel Ricardo is thrilled to visit one of his “absolutely favorite” events of the year, the United States Grand Prixand take part in the last races of the season McLaren F1 Teamis fighting for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
He said the setting in Austin allows him to bring another level of energy and enthusiasm, and he looks forward to racing at Circuit of the Americas.
“Austin, let’s go!” The United States GP is one of my absolute favorite races of the year. The extra energy I get from the atmosphere is immeasurable and I love everything about it. From the crowds to the food and the music, it’s like nothing else. I look forward to being on the right track.
McLaren’s closest rival, BWT Alpine F1 Team, has the upper hand from Japanese Grand Prixscoring eighteen points against that of McLaren at Suzuka International Race Course. As a result, Alpine is in fourth place with 143 points to McLaren’s 130.
Ricciardo said he would look to attract as many performances as possible to keep McLaren in the hunt for the division position.
“I’m looking forward to the last four races of the season and trying to do everything to maximize the results to keep us in the fight for fourth in the championship.”
“I finished in the points both times I raced there so hopefully we can keep the streak going” – Lando Norris
Teammate Lando Norris too can’t wait to be in Austin, with his “brilliant” fans and a track he loves to race on. The British driver is particularly interested in seeing how the 2022 cars perform around Circuit of the Americas, a track that shares some characteristics with Suzuka.
“I can’t wait to be back in Austin, it’s a great city to race in and the fans are always brilliant so it should be an exciting weekend.”
“The track is fun, with interesting features similar to tracks such as Suzuka, so I can’t wait to get out there and see how the new regulation cars perform.
Norris has scored points on his two visits to Austin so far, having finished seventh there in 2019 and eighth in 2021 – he will be vying to continue that trend this year, with every key point in the tight midfield battle with Alpine.
“I’ve finished in the points both times I’ve raced there, so hopefully we can keep the streak going and get some valuable points for the constructors’ championship.”