Soon, Daniel Ricciardo will return to the track for his first race of the season with AlphaTauri.
Before the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the AlphaTauri duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda provided the media with a preview of the event. For Ricciardo, the enthusiasm begins with his return to the track for a team he is familiar with.
“I’m excited to return. You must always be prepared for a call from the Red Bull family, and when the opportunity presented itself, I leapt at the chance. The transition to AlphaTauri has been seamless, according to Ricciardo.
The factory has changed significantly since I last raced for the team a decade ago, but there were still many familiar faces, and I felt at home as we prepared for the impending race.
Ricciardo acknowledges that there will be distinctions between driving the RB19 and the AT04, as he did during last week’s Silverstone test. However, he maintains that he is up to the task.
“When I drove the Red Bull in last week’s tire test at Silverstone, everything felt normal. The AlphaTauri automobile will remain as it is. I’m going to operate from the vehicle. Ricciardo added, “I don’t want to have too many preconceived notions about it.” “I believe I can operate with a vehicle that feels well-balanced. I’m looking forward to the challenge of jumping right in and hitting the ground running.”
Tsunoda explained that he is looking forward to working with Ricciardo, but he did share some thoughts about his former teammate at AlphaTauri, Nyck de Vries.
“I’m excited to collaborate with Daniel. I cannot claim to know him well, but we had an enjoyable day of filming in Miami earlier this year. Tsunoda stated, “I believe I will benefit from having a very skilled and seasoned driver as a teammate.
I am confident that I can learn a great deal from him, and I also anticipate that he will be able to contribute to the team and advance the car’s development.”
“I would also like to say that the past ten races with Nyck were pleasant for me. I learned from him, and we also enjoyed ourselves off the track,” Tsunoda added. “He had extensive experience in other categories and provided valuable feedback to the team based on his knowledge. As a friend, I thoroughly relished spending time with him.
Regarding what to anticipate from AlphaTauri this weekend, Tsunoda believes that some upgrades and the layout of the Hungaroring should favor the AT04.
“We have additional upgrades for this weekend’s race in Hungary, in addition to those we brought for the previous race,” Tsunoda explained. “Compared to the previous two races, Budapest’s track characteristics are entirely different, and its slow-speed corners should suit our car better than its high-speed corners. I like the course because it is technical, challenging, and enjoyable.
For Ricciardo, mastering the Hungaroring is a matter of cadence and utilizing the right foot more than the left.
“I’m looking forward to developing the car and utilizing my experience, and ultimately, I believe for Budapest, just have fun, try to use your right foot more than your left, and have a good time! Ricciardo added, “If the car is well-balanced, you can have a lot of fun on this track because there are so many turns close together.”
In a few days, the excitement will commence.