Daniel Ricciardo has made no secret of his love for the city of Austin and the Lone Star State of Texas in the past, racking up as many smiling selfies as he has scored points in the past five years.
The Australian driver has had two podiums – third in 2014 and again in 2016 – and, after reeling off a run of three successive podiums in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan this last month, he is ready for another.
This season has seen Ricciardo become Mr Consistency, taking points in 13 of 16 races.
It is little wonder he heads to the Circuit of The Americas with a big smile for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
“Everyone knows I love the city of Austin, but I also love the circuit,” he said.
“It’s certainly unique with the wide apexes – you can pass in more than three areas.
“It’s fast, it flows well and it’s definitely one of the best tracks on the calendar for overtaking.
“In the city, there is so much to see. I like going to the well-known places like Pete’s Piano Bar, but also some of the more local places for live music and food.
“I have done Barton Springs, visited a ranch and, this year, I’m doing Austin City Limits.
“There’s so much to do, and it’s all so good.
“Some people are asking if I have a beard plan for Austin this year.
“Well, I haven’t thought that far ahead, but I still feel my little beard in 2014 was my best, so I might just bring that one back.”