Catalunya a great circuit, says Daniel Ricciardo
Barcelona, May 1 (IANS)
Ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix on May 10, Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo said the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya here is a great circuit. "Most F1 drivers would say we've all done too many laps around here, but don't get me wrong, it's a great circuit. It's fun to drive.
“The first two sectors have a really good flow to them, which is pretty cool. The last sector is a bit more about tyre management on the modern layout, but the rest is exhilarating," said the Red Bull driver.
"We have a great atmosphere for the race. The circuit cuts into the hillside so there's lots of good viewing areas."
DRS has made the races exciting: Ricciardo
Ricciardo said that the layout of the circuit is such which will assist Drag Reduction System (DRS) overtakes.
"The race itself, it's one where DRS is a big plus point. In the past, because everyone knew the track and their setup so well, races tended to be a bit stale. The DRS means that you don't get dull races anymore. You can still defend though, it's a good track for that but in a way that's going to make the race exciting for spectators," said the Australian.
Ricciardo also spoke highly of the Spanish city.
"Barcelona's really, really cool; lots of atmosphere, really good vibe. I'm also not entirely unaware of the fact it has some pretty good beaches and I'm always happiest when we've got sand and water nearby," he said.
"It's also a great city for food. Obviously, I eat carefully but I'm not one of those drivers who completely ignores the local cuisine. The restaurants in Barcelona are definitely a highlight and I'm a big fan of eating out here."