Ahead of next weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo has claimed that’s he heading back to the streets of Albert Park to get “what we deserve,” referring to the previously dire results for himself and his team, Red Bull Racing.
The Australian Grand Prix is Ricciardo’s home race, yet he’s always struggled to perform exceptionally on his home turf.
Rather surprisingly, he has never recorded a podium finish on the tricky street circuit.
Last year’s race was particularly unimpressive, when Ricciardo had to retire due to a mechanical failure with his RB13. He also unfortunately crashed during Saturday’s qualifying session.
“Melbourne in 2017 was a combination of my errors and some misfortune,” he reflected in a statement released on Saturday.
“We were all putting our hand up saying ‘my fault’ last year so 2018 is definitely time to get what we deserve in Melbourne,” Ricciardo added, “or get what we came for, that sounds better.”
A strong result in Melbourne looks feasible for Red Bull following a relatively strong showing during Winter testing, held earlier in March.
Following the final test, Ricciardo commented in a statement, “we’re definitely feeling better about ourselves than we did 12 months ago.”
He appeared to reinforce that view in Saturday’s statement, commenting, “The RB14 compared to the RB13 at this stage last year is a lot different.”
The cars will first hit the track on March 23rd for two ninety minute practice sessions.
“There is so much hype and so much build up,” Ricciardo said about the upcoming weekend.
The race is set to be held on March 25th, at 4:10pm local time.
“With me being the only Australian on the grid there is extra attention, extra questioning and expectation,” Ricciardo said.
“I can’t wait to get the season started,” he said to finish off the statement, “I’m hanging out to get back on the track and these new cars are very fast, looking forward to seeing you all out there!”