Daniel Ricciardo narrowly missed out on a top six finish in a tight Styrian Grand Prix at the weekend. Focus now turns to the fast and flowing Hungaroring, a circuit the Australian relishes, as he aims for a better points reward.
How much do you enjoy racing at the Hungaroring?
I can’t wait to get back to Budapest. I’m glad it’s on the revised calendar as it’s one of my favourite circuits. I’m pumped to have a good one this time around and trying this year’s car on a high-downforce circuit for the first time. I’m quite enjoying these back-to-back races and, since we’ve been competitive in Austria, I know we’re going to have a chance in Hungary for a good result.
Where are the key areas of a lap there?
It’s a track with its own challenges. It’s fast, tight, but that doesn’t mean overtaking isn’t possible. It’s quite a busy lap at the wheel, especially the middle sector with corners coming quite quickly one after the other. It’s a good drivers’ track and a great challenge. Even physically, it’s quite hard, especially with the heat.
What are your thoughts after the Styrian Grand Prix?
I think it’s a little frustrating as we know more points were there for the taking. We held onto sixth for so long and two laps from the end it came undone. It was a positive race with a decent start and solid pace in general. There are positives from it and we showed the speed for a better result. We have another chance this weekend; we’re moving in the right direction and the car has taken a step forward. We just need to extract the most from it and show where we deserve to be in the standings.