Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo shares his thoughts on the upcoming Abu Dhabi GP, the final race of 2015…
Q: Daniel, you won three races last year but perhaps your best performance came in Abu Dhabi. Fair assessment?
DR: Honestly yeah, I think it really was my best weekend of 2014. It wasn’t a win but I nailed qualifying, I nailed the race, I nailed the whole thing. Pace, consistency, everything was awesome and it got me from the back of the grid to fourth, so yes, in terms of pure performance, it was my best race.
Q: Yas Marina isn’t an obvious Daniel Ricciardo happy place – but you like the circuit more than we’d expect…
DR: I do. I like the last sector in particular because that turns it into an exciting track. It’s twisty and you get right up close with the walls. You also have to contend with your tyres going off because the start of the lap is so fast – by the third sector you’re really having to manage your rubber. It’s… a challenge.
Q: What does twilight racing bring to the party?
DR: I think starting in the sun and ending in the dark is pretty cool. Actually I think the whole atmosphere of the weekend is pretty cool. Lots of Aussies make the trip, lots of Europeans and there’s a really good multicultural scene. Lots of boat parties in the marina, lots of fun. I do like Abu Dhabi.
Q: What’s your plan after Abu Dhabi?
DR: I’ll probably stay out for a few days and do some riding in the desert. I did that after Bahrain too and it was good fun.
Q: Cars? Horses? Camels?
DR: Bikes! I do enjoy the UAE. I love the heat, and the whole outdoor lifestyle. It’s great for dirt bikes, buggies, whatever. There’s not really any rules, you can ride where you like. I’ll have some fun.
Source: Red Bull Racing