Daniel Ricciardo admits that he “cannot wait” to return to Melbourne for the first Australian GP in 3 years.
Formula 1 returns to Australia for the first time since 2019 as the race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the two previous years.
Ricciardo has spoken about what he is feeling ahead of the race weekend.
“I’m excited to go home, definitely, it’s been a while. I’ve heard sales have been nuts and it’s going to be an awesome atmosphere so I cannot wait.
“Max [Verstappen] is cheering! He’s excited to go as well,” he joked.
“It’s personal to me because I am Aussie and it’s a home one and that’s a privilege, but every driver I speak to about Melbourne, they love it, they love it as an event.
“It’s exciting to go through the track changes as well this year, see what kind of racing that produces. So, just a big bundle of excitement.”
Ricciardo has also shared his thoughts about the changes that were made to the Albert Park Circuit.
“I think with the new design at Albert Park, it’s really focused on improving the racing, the spectacle on Sunday, to create more opportunities for overtaking,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful circuit but it’s always been quite narrow and tight, and therefore quite tricky to overtake on. So we’ve really tried to exploit some areas to allow more slipstreaming, to allow for more chances for overtaking under braking. So I think it’s going to be a different spectacle this time round.
“Us drivers, a bunch of us were consulted on this. We were allowed to give our thoughts and input… We might not all be aligned but I think the purpose of this is to make the Sunday better. I had that in mind when I gave my input.
“If 2022 promises everything it does with being able to follow and the racing to be enhanced, then coming to a circuit like Albert Park with these changes should make a pretty amazing spectacle.”