Daniel Ricciardo thinks we could be treated to a “crazy race” at the Nurburgring with cold temperatures and wet conditions potentially in store.
While a majority were happy to see the Nurburgring return to the Formula 1 calendar, albeit as one-off event to help form a revised 17-race schedule, eyebrows were raised by the October 11 date given how cold and wet it can be in that part of the world at that time of year.
Lo and behold, the weather forecast for the week ahead is to be exactly that: cold and wet.
Those conditions could help the Eifel Grand Prix go down as a “crazy race”, according to the Aussie.
“The weather report looks quite cold and wet, so it’ll be very different to our last few races where it’s been warm,” Ricciardo said.
“It’ll be interesting to see how the car behaves in these conditions.
“Overall, given the time of year it could be quite an unpredictable weekend so we could be in for a crazy race.
“Let’s see what happens, I’ll be ready regardless of the weather!”
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Not many drivers are really familiar with the Nurburgring circuit, but Ricciardo does at least have some prior experience of racing there.
He added: “I’ve not raced there too often in my career, but I qualified sixth in 2013 and I also had a purple last sector in Q2 that year.
“I was quite new to Formula 1 then, so I was pretty stoked! I’ve raced here in a few junior categories too, I finished second back in 2011 in what was called World Series by Renault.
“I also did my first race in Formula 3 back in 2008. I was still racing Formula Renault 2.0 at the time, but I was given a chance during an off weekend for our championship.
“I think an old German team-mate of mine won that weekend…Nico something! It’s one of those classic circuits, which I’m sure most drivers have raced during their career.”
“I am looking forward to racing the circuit again.
“In terms of the track, the last chicane is quite fun as you approach it quite fast and jump over the kerbs, making the exit of the corner quite wild.
“In today’s Formula 1 cars it will be very quick, so it should be fun, and we go there looking to build on the positive run we’re on.”