Ricciardo eager for return to Canada

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo says he is eager to return to the Canadian Grand Prix, the scene of his maiden Formula 1 triumph in 2014.

Ricciardo took advantage of problems for Mercedes in last year's race to take the lead with a few laps remaining, before cruising to the chequered flag and collecting the first win of his career.

Ricciardo hailed the nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and joked that his maiden win elevated the status of the track in his mind.

"Possibly winning has made me love it a little bit more but really I’ve loved it since my first lap, back when I was driving for Toro Rosso," he said.

"I remember coming back into the pits and saying “what a circuit,” I was amazed at how good it was – and I’d only done an installation lap.

"It’s just a ridiculous amount of fun. You can jump across the kerbs and really get the car bouncing around. It’s like getting back to go-kart days, you really feel like you own it – and I love that.

"You can get aggressive with it, and aim to just brush the wall. There’s a lot of risk but that brings a lot of adrenaline with it. It’d be wonderful if you were doing it in isolation but with 100,000 screaming fans urging you on, it’s just mega."

Ricciardo added that the circuit provides drivers with the decision to play safe or to adopt a riskier approach.

"It’s a clear choice: some guys will play it safe and sacrifice half a tenth to get through there cleanly; others who will take a risk and go flat out trying to find a little bit," he said.

"The nearer you are, the faster you’ll go. Give the wall a kiss and you feel pretty good: Kiss it too hard and that’s it!"

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