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Australian Grand Prix 2016: Daniel Ricciardo revs up to go racing in Melbourne

“I feel ready to go racing” Photo: Mark Thompson Ricciardo is feeling confident ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. Photo: David Ramos
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After two weeks of testing in Spain, Daniel Ricciardo believes he’s in a better position than last year to push for a good result at the Australian Grand Prix – and the wheel spin he dropped in the pit lane on his last lap suggests he’s still having fun.

“Yeah, excited, I’m glad there’s no more testing, ready to go,” he said immediately after getting out of the car at Circuit de CataIyuna. “I feel ready to go racing.”

Ricciardo’s Red Bull ran sixth in Melbourne last year after enduring a testing session dogged by equipment failure. But this year he had mostly trouble free race simulations, ending Friday’s session with 123 laps and solid mid-field times.

“(It’s) pretty good. I’m glad the next time we are in the car is race time,” he said. “I think out of three out of my four days we got over 100 laps done so a lot better than the last couple of years.

The Australian said the Renault engine –  which is  branded Tag Hauer on the Red Bull – seemed to have more power than last year’s troublesome power unit.

“We’ve made some improvements, there’s definitely more to come, but so far it is in the right direction,” Ricciardo said. “I think it is a positive start to the year, so yeah, as I said we are in a lot better position than we were the last two seasons.”

I think if we were to race tomorrow, then that’s probably where we stand for now … from that I mean I think Mercedes and Ferrari are quicker than us basically on pure pace right now. I think it’s evident, but it’s expected as well.  If tomorrow we race in Monaco maybe we would have … an outside chance of a podium, but if we were to race here right now tomorrow then yeah we would need a little luck.”

Ricciardo said he’d ticked all the boxes for testing with regards to the car. Personally he said he wanted to check on one one thing: “Make sure I’m still fast”.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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