Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo heads to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix with a wider smile than usual – because he has special memories of winning on the hot and tricky Hungaroring track.
“Yes, Hungary 2014 was a cool victory,” the Red Bull driver explained. “Of course, I love winning, but that was an awesome race.
“I had to pass (Lewis) Hamilton and (Fernando) Alonso – pretty much the best – so that was cool.
“I love that track and it has always been a good one for me. I’ve had some great weekends there even before Formula One.
“The Hungarian Grand Prix is always at the point of the season where summer is approaching, so I’m always in a pretty good place and the car is normally getting better as well. It all kind of comes good by the end of July.
“We’ve got lots more grip this year, so it’ll be a bit more fun and the second sector is going to be amazing. That’s one of my favourite sectors in F1®.
“This track means elbows out for sure as there are three key places where you can overtake. I’ve made some good moves in Turn 1 in the past. Turn 2 you can go inside or outside, as both lanes work and the hairpin is fun, too.
“If Sunday is hot, it’ll definitely be a physically demanding race, so I can’t make the mistake again of eating too much meat on Saturday night!
“On Saturday night, I normally plan a meal with a few of the guys from the team. That’s always a good one as it’s the end of the first half of the season and the atmosphere is cool, so I’ll definitely be seen out on the streets of Budapest.”