Ricciardo back on winning turf

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Daniel Ricciardo heads back to the scene of his maiden Grand Prix win this weekend in Montreal, a venue which the Australian openly admits he is infatuated with.

"Winning has made me love it a little bit more but really I've loved it since my first lap, back when I was driving for Toro Rosso. I remember coming back into the pits and saying "what a circuit," I was amazed at how good it was – and I'd only done an install."

Last year, Ricciardo was the first and only driver to break Mercedes' supremacy, and it all started in Canada. The achievement proved popular with all in the F1 paddock and led to a festive evening of celebrations in the city.

"There was – but I was very restrained and in bed by 1.30am," remembers smiling Dan. "There's a point where the adrenaline wears off and suddenly you're absolutely exhausted. I remember falling into bed, thinking "wow, crazy day," and out went the lights. Fortunately the crew are made of sterner stuff and kept the party going. They were not a pretty sight at breakfast the following day..."

While Red Bull's current performance rate leaves a lot to be desired, Ricciardo hopes it will taking nothing away from the pleasures derived from racing on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"It's just a ridiculous amount of fun. You can jump across the kerbs and really get the car bouncing around. It's like getting back to go-kart days, you really feel like you own it – and I love that. You can get aggressive with it, and aim to just brush the wall. There's a lot of risk but that brings a lot of adrenaline with it. It'd be wonderful if you were doing it in isolation but with 100,000 screaming fans urging you on, it's just mega."

Click here for a look back at Robert Kubica's only Formula One victory in Canada 

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