After a hectic Formula 1 triple-header, Daniel Ricciardo is looking to take some time out, ahead of the Silverstone GP.
While an F1 triple-header is always fun for spectators, provided with on track action for three weeks in a row. The same cannot be said for the drivers and teams. With the sheer amount of work required over the three weekends taking their toll.
“I love staying in that routine but I’m knackered now,” Ricciardo said during his post-race interview. “Having that three weeks in a row now you’re constantly playing catch up and I need a few good nights’ sleep.
“If it’s a good race you’re watching replays, if it’s a bad race you’re going through a lot of hypotheticals of what you could have done or what hole you could punch in a wall somewhere.
“I’m looking forward to just switching off for a few days to reset a little bit.”
After starting 13th on the grid at Sunday’s Austrian GP, Ricciardo managed to work his way through the pack to finish seventh. With Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz pushing past on fresher medium tyres at the end of the race to take sixth.
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“I’m trying not to be too low or too high,” he continued. “Obviously [qualifying] wasn’t great, wasn’t fun.
“I took a lot more enjoyment from the race. It kept me busy the whole time and just had a good start, good restart. Then the defence was tricky, but it was a better day. I was trying everything I could, every trick in the book to stay ahead. I think I held on as long as I could and Sainz was just a bit quicker at the end with a fresher tyre. But I can’t complain with the race and the result.”
Poor qualifying results saw Ricciardo start outside the top 10 at both races held at the Red Bull Ring. However, he did have the pace to make up multiple positions on the opening laps on both occasions.
If not for a brief power failure at the Styrian GP, he likely would have found himself in a similar position as to Sunday. A fact that gives him confidence when it comes to the first ever F1 sprint race, due to be trialed at Silverstone. The results of the sprint race will ultimately go on to determine the starting grid positions for the main race on Sunday.
“It’s obviously easier to come through a bit more when you start out of position.
“But in saying that, it’s normally a mess deep in the back. Obviously today [Sunday] it went well and last week it went well, but you can also get caught in a mess.
“That gives me encouragement going into this sprint qualifying we’ve got in Silverstone, knowing wherever I start that race, I have confidence to start Sunday further up.”