Compared to the often mundane pre-race press release quotes you see heading into Grands Prix, Daniel Ricciardo has switched it up heading into this week’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Ricciardo’s description of several elements of the Shanghai International Circuit are award winners on their own.
“The paddock is enormous! You need to be an athlete just to get around,” he said in Red Bull’s pre-race release, before delving into the track itself while squeezing in a sponsor mention.
“As for the track itself, I’d call it ‘technical’. Turns One, Two and Three are all very long and technical. I don’t think there’s any other corner like it on the calendar. And it’s very, very aggressive on the front tires. You could drink a can of Red Bull driving down it [the long straight].”
Ricciardo continued his phenomenal pre-race quote by referencing his youthful days at the track.
“I’ve heard quite a few drivers saying it’s pretty boring. Ha! If they think it’s boring in a Formula One car, they should have tried coming here in Formula BMW. I drove here as a kid, all massive afro and enthusiasm and, trust me, it was the sort of straight where I’d definitely have been reaching for a book if I’d had one.
“[Tire wear] is pretty extreme – but I’d still prefer it to the scenario with a tire that takes three laps to come in. The fact it comes in straight away is awesome.”
And finally, the aforementioned qualifying quote…
“In qualifying, you drive the out-lap like your grandma, desperately trying to not kill it before the flying lap starts.”
He must only hope his Red Bull RB11-Renault isn’t on par, pace-wise, with his grandma this weekend.