Dan: You need to drive like grandma

Date published: April 3 2015 - Editor

Daniel Ricciardo is excited to head to Shanghai for next weekend's Chinese GP, but he says you need to be very careful on your out-lap due to the "pretty extreme" tyre wear.

Red Bull will be looking to bounce back in China from a disappointing outing in Malaysia where they were well beaten by sister team Toro Rosso.

However, one area of concern for all teams is usually the short life span of the option tyres and Ricciardo explains why you need to "drive your out-lap like your grandma".

"It’s pretty extreme – but I’d still prefer it to the scenario with a tyre that takes three laps to come in," he said. "The fact it comes in straight away is awesome. In qualifying, you drive the out-lap like your grandma, desperately trying to not kill it before the flying lap starts."

As for the Shanghai International Circuit having the longest straight in F1, the Australian admits you can get distracted.

"It’s long alright. You could drink a can of Red Bull driving down it,' he said. "I’ve heard quite a few drivers saying it’s pretty boring. Ha! If they think it’s boring in a Formula One car, they should have tried coming here in Formula BMW. I drove here as a kid, all massive afro and enthusiasm and, trust me, it was the sort of straight where I’d definitely have been reaching for a book if I’d had one."

His team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who came from 13th on the grid last year to finish 10th in the Toro Rosso, knows how important it is to make a good start to your lap.

"The start of the lap is always really tough and it’s very easy to get wrong," he said. "The lap starts with a big test but the big thing is to find a good rhythm through it. That’s the case everywhere there really. 

"The long straight is good and the heavy braking zone at the end of that is interesting. It’s a pretty good circuit, wide open, you can really push hard all the way through. I had a good race there last year and managed to get a points finish, so I’m happy to go back."