Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful that he will be able to join the top five of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Red Bull Racing driver must start the eleventh position with a grid penalty.
Ti I had to work on the road from behind the last year, so I know of a few places you can catch up on and I hope to benefit from it, di Ricciardo said on Saturday after the qualification in Brazil.
The 29-year-old Australian passed the Interlagos circuit for the sixth time in Q3, but the engine turbo changed on Friday because it received five rounds penalty.
"I hope I can proceed quickly, because this will depend on the rest of my race," Ricciardo finished sixth in Brazil last year after a catch-up race. "When I'm close to the first positions, it'il be fun."
For Red Bull's teammate Max Verstappen, it's important to get points one more time. Ricciardo is already in Mexico for two weeks this season and for the last time on the podium in May (victory in the Monaco Grand Prix) two weeks ago.
Ricciardo seeks revenge after eight failures
Although he has had very bad luck lately, Ricciardo is positive for the penultimate race of the season. "I think we have a good tool and we're only a few seconds away from the qualifying conditions, something we've failed last time is very positive."
Ricciardo, who will head towards Renault next year, believes that Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen can start with softness, and that Mercedes and Red Bull should start in smoother supersoft.
"We would like to start with soft tires, but we chose softer tires because of the rain, because I don't think it will make much difference." Our vehicle is always super soft and is going well with our tire strategy. good. "
The Brazilian Grand Prix starts at 6.10 am (Dutch time). Verstappen starts from the fifth position in the Interlagos circuit and Lewis Hamilton starts from the pole position.