Ricciardo, the Australian F1 driver, acknowledged that it was challenging to step back into the driver’s seat, but he enjoyed a sense of relaxation and contentment in doing so.
“Knowing there was a considerable task ahead of me coming into the weekend, I tried not to overly focus on my performance,” Ricciardo confessed. “As a race car driver, there’s always a level of expectation, but I consciously tried to minimize that and find my rhythm again in the sport I love.
“I felt quite at ease and, without being flippant, was glad to be back and able to push a car to its limits again,” he added. “In the past year or two, I haven’t had this opportunity as often as I would’ve liked, which is why I felt the need to take some time off.
“I was expecting a year-long break but ended up taking only around six or seven months. Thankfully, that seemed to be enough. It felt like I had enough time to rediscover my passion for racing,” he elaborated.
Ricciardo emphasized his primary goal for Sunday’s race is to familiarize himself with the car and gather data for the team. “I need to be both competitive and prudent in the race, logging the laps, and gathering data for the team,” he said.
He also recognized there is much more for him to learn about tyre management and how the car handles with fuel. “As the tyres wear out, I anticipate that I’ll uncover more about the car’s limitations and strengths. While there will be laps where my performance may not be stellar, I expect to improve as I gain more experience,” he added.
Ricciardo admitted that the demanding weather and intricate track in his comeback race could prove physically strenuous. “The race’s physically demanding nature, combined with the warm weather, is going to be challenging,” he said. “Even for those in prime race fitness, Budapest is among the toughest circuits, along with Singapore. But I’m looking forward to it.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 comeback
What position did Ricciardo qualify in for AlphaTauri in Budapest?
Daniel Ricciardo successfully qualified in the 13th position for AlphaTauri in Budapest.
How did Ricciardo’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda perform in the qualifying?
Yuki Tsunoda, Ricciardo’s teammate, struggled in the qualifying, finishing in the 17th spot, unable to advance beyond Q1.
How did Ricciardo feel about returning to the cockpit?
Ricciardo acknowledged that it was challenging to return to the cockpit, but he experienced a sense of relaxation and contentment in doing so.
Why did Ricciardo take time off from racing?
Ricciardo took time off from racing because he felt the need to rediscover his passion for the sport. He initially planned to take a year-long break but ended up only taking around six or seven months.
What is Ricciardo’s main goal for the upcoming Sunday race?
Ricciardo’s main goal for the Sunday race is to familiarize himself with the car and gather data for the team. He aims to be both competitive and prudent.
How does Ricciardo view the physical challenges of his comeback race?
Ricciardo acknowledged that the physically demanding nature of the race, combined with the warm weather, is going to be challenging. However, he is looking forward to it.