Ricciardo: United States GP my favorite race of the season

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If you were looking for a reason to like Daniel Ricciardo even more, he’s given you another one: apparently the United States Grand Prix is his favorite race of the season.

The Red Bull driver has been one of the breakout stars of the 2014 F1 season, and he will be hoping to claim a fourth race win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas next weekend which ranks as one of his favorite circuits.

“Hand on heart, this is probably the date on the calendar I look forward to the most,” Ricciardo said. “I’ve loved every minute of being in Austin: when they picked this place for the US Grand Prix, they absolutely nailed it. The city is awesome.

“I love listening to live music and this is a great place for that, plus Texas feels like real America, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed just sinking into the last two seasons.

“And then, there’s the important bit. The Circuit of the Americas, in my opinion, is the best of the new breed of circuits. The nature of the corners is interesting. It’s also a very busy track where you don’t get much respite.

“The first sector is very special and that first turn, blind up the big hill is like nothing else in F1. It’s also a good example of the excitement a late-apex can create: you can have a really good lunge there. They’ve done a very good job.”

Well Dan, we happen to agree with you. The United States Grand Prix promises to be a superb event once again, and next weekend can’t come soon enough.

If you’re heading to Austin, be sure to check out some of these fantastic fan events going on in the city across the course of the GP week.

Should Ricciardo finish ahead of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in Austin, he will be guaranteed to beat his teammate in the end-of-season standings. Interestingly, it would mark Vettel’s first head-to-head defeat to a teammate since making his F1 debut back in 2007.