Singapore Grand Prix is almost there & Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo has call it the toughest race for the drivers physically.
Last year, the 28-year-old Australian finished less than half a second behind the winner, Nico Rosberg, despite his Renault-powered Red Bull being noticeably down on power compared with Rosberg’s Mercedes.
In an interview, he comments on the intensity of the Singapore race & how he is going to deal with the physicality of the race.
On being asked how frustrating it is to finish third in 2014 and then second in 2015 and again in 2016 & not win it once. He said, “It is. But at the same time, I’ve been happy with the race and what I’ve done in the past few years. I really want to win this one now. It can get frustrating, but at the end of the day, I can only do what I’ve got in my hands.
I feel like I’ve maximised that all those years. But I think we’ll generally have another chance this year to get, hopefully, one better than second.”
You need to be highly prepared when you travel to Asia from European season & that’s what Daniel had to say about his preparation for Singapore GP, “The preparation leading up to Singapore is pretty crucial, because you’ve got that, and then you’ve got Malaysia. The main thing is the heat.
Whatever the outside temperature is, you add another 10 to 15 degrees on top of that, and that’s what we’re feeling in the car. You’ve got all the layers of clothing on, you’re strapped in the cockpit, you’ve got the helmet on. You’re in this bowl of heat, and you can’t escape it. I’ve done training before over Christmas when it’s 40 degrees back home. Sure, it’s hot, but you can move around. You can kind of shake it off some way. But in the car, you’re trapped. The heat just builds up.”
He also talked about the special challenges a drive face at Singapore, “Yep. I think that adds to the physical nature. You get thrown around a bit more. It’s also harder to keep the car on the ideal line as opposed to a smooth track where it’s lot more predictable. That’s another thing, you jump here and cross kerbs”, he added.
“Towards the end of the race, like the last 15 to 20 laps, you’ve got sweat coming down your eyes. Your concentration’s starting to be tested. It’s getting hotter, and then you’ve obviously got the walls to keep watching out for. The thing is, part of you wants to stay further away from the walls. You want to, in a way, play it safe, but the problem is the further you are, normally, the slower you’re going. You’ve still got to push it, the whole race. That’s what I like, that’s fun. That keeps you on the edge and I think that’s a real challenge. A lot of the time it can separate the good drivers from the great.”
Daniel also revealed that it will be Sebastian Vettel who will be a tricky challenger to beat at Singapore Grand Prix looking at his current form.