Daniel Ricciardo looking to make overtakes “stick” in Austin

31-10-2019 13:07
by Bevan Youl
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Daniel Ricciardo looking to make overtakes “stick” in Austin

Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says that he is looking to make his overtakes “stick” in Austin with plenty of opportunities at “one of the best circuits’ on the calendar.

It has been a bit of an up and down season for Ricciardo in his first year with Renault with performances and reliability not always being consistent.
 
But a P4 finish in Monza five races ago and, despite the result being disqualified, crossed the line in sixth in Japan followed by eighth in Mexico and looks to continue the momentum in the US.
 
“Austin is one of the highlights of the year, for me,” said Ricciardo.
 
“The racing spectacle is great, the atmosphere in the paddock, and in Austin itself, is always good, so that makes it a very fun one to attend.
 
“The Circuit of the Americas is one of the best circuits we go to on the calendar. I like that it's fast and brings some cool challenges especially the right, left, right in sector one, snaking up the hill.
 
“There are also overtaking opportunities throughout, so plenty of scope to send one on race day.
 
“We missed out on Checo [Sergio Perez] in Mexico, so there's extra motivation to make them stick this weekend. The flowing nature also allows close battles and that's why it's always a fun race.”
 
At the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez the Australian was stuck behind SportPesa Racing Point’s Sergio Perez for the majority of the race, having tried an overtake down the main straight.
 
“Mexico was a fun race for us. We did well to make the Hard tyre last on our first stint and that put us in really good stead to work our way through the order," he added.
 
“Seventh was there to take, that got away, but we'll be aiming for more this weekend in Austin. It's important we keep the positivity within the team and the results will follow.

"We're moving forward with all eyes on some Texan success. Let's go, ya'll!"

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