Ricciardo: Time to unlock the hidden honey badger

Date published: December 6 2016

Formula 1 may be on holiday but Daniel Ricciardo is already considering his training for next season, saying it is “time to unlock the hidden honey badger.”

Next season Formula 1 will embrace a host of new regulations making cars more aggressive looking and up to five seconds per lap faster.

Fitted with wider tyres, the cars are also expected to be more difficult to handle meaning driver strength could come into play.

As a result Ricciardo says he will need to adapt his training programme.

“We’ll have to change some things up in the preparation, and the in-season training will change, too,” he told AAP.

“In the past few years we’ve concentrated on things like trimming weight and keeping kilos off, and the training itself isn’t that challenging.

“Next year will be different.

“Being able to put on some strength and muscle will be more challenging and more rewarding, so I’m up for that. I’m all for making it harder.”

He added: “Time to unlock the hidden honey badger.”

Ricciardo finished third in this year’s championship, best of the rest behind the Mercedes pairing, and reckons he exceeded even his own expectations.

“This year I felt like I did everything I did in ’14, but at a higher level when I really pushed myself.

“I was able to find some pretty good levels through the year, and there were quite a few times that I was able to exceed my own expectations for what I thought I could do, maybe even surprise myself a bit.”