Ricciardo: Interlagos ‘doesn’t really do it for me’

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Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has made no secret of his lack of enthusiasm for racing at Interlagos in Brazil, saying the track “doesn’t really do it” for him.

The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, has hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix every year since 1990 and is one of the most iconic circuits in Formula 1.

However, Ricciardo is not a massive fan of the track, explaining in Red Bull’s pre-race preview that he does not get great satisfaction out of racing there.

“Brazil’s a wonderful grand prix with a great atmosphere in an exciting city but the track doesn’t really do it for me,” Ricciardo admitted.

“There’s just not a corner that gives you any real satisfaction. I don’t want to make it sound dull, because it isn’t, but like Russia, there isn’t a corner that makes you go woo-hoo! It needs a few more corners and something really high speed.

“There’s a couple that look good on paper but because of the cambers, you never really have the grip to go barrelling in. The crowd really gets your heart-rate up before the sessions, so you want to be really on it but instead have to be very patient.”

Following a raucous return to Mexico last weekend, F1 is preparing for another unique atmosphere in Brazil next Sunday, and Ricciardo is relishing the opportunity to race in front of the local fans.

“The start-finish straight is very narrow, so if your grid slot is on the outside, you’re about two meters away from the grandstand,” Ricciardo said.

“You better hope they like you because if not you’re a pretty easy target when you’re pulling your helmet on! It’s a good time though. Lots of noise, lots of airhorns, trumpets, drums. Like Mexico, it’s the crowd you want for a grand prix. Brazilians are cool.”