Ricciardo yet to crack Interlagos code

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Daniel Ricciardo candidly admits that next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix does not feature his favourite track, with the Red Bull driver yet to nail a perfect lap around the Interlagos circuit.

The Australian will race for the fifth time at Autódromo José Carlos Pace and his best result to date is the 10th-place finish he secured while driving for Toro Rosso in 2013.

Pressed for tips on how to master the Sao Paulo venue, Ricciardo replied:

“Don’t ask me, I don’t know – I don’t think I’ve ever done one, so I’ve got no secrets! What I have learned is that you shouldn’t think ahead too much.

“You have to take it corner by corner and concentrate on the one you’re in. There’s not many that you string together. There’s not many corners full stop.”

The 26-year-old certainly relishes the enthusiasm of local fans, but confesses that the circuit does not quite match the colourful atmosphere around it.

“Brazil’s a wonderful grand prix with a great atmosphere in an exciting city but the track doesn’t really do it for me. There’s just not a corner that gives you any real satisfaction.

“I don’t want to make it sound dull, because it isn’t, but like Russia, there isn’t a corner that makes you go Woooo-Hoooo!

“It needs a few more corners and something really high speed. There’s a couple that look good on paper but because of the cambers, you never really have the grip to go barrelling in.

“The crowd really gets your heart-rate up before the sessions, so you want to be really on it but instead have to be very patient.”

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