Ricciardo praises ‘delightful’ Suzuka

Daniel Ricciardo says racing around the Suzuka circuit in Japan is a good reason to love his job.

The 25-year-old is a huge fan of Suzuka, an 18-corner 5.807km-long circuit that crosses over itself in a figure of eight format.

Including the popular Spoon Curve and 130R, Dunlop Curve and Degnar, Ricciardo feels the Japanese circuit is a “dream” to drive.

The Red Bull racer said: “Suzuka is all good, but for me the first sector is just a delight. It’s a dream.

“You have those fast changes of directions through the Esses, hard around the Dunlop Curve and then, arguably the best bit, turns Eight and Nine: Degner.

“Through Eight you’re hanging on, it’s so narrow and there’s no room for error but you want to push as hard as you can.

“Then just as you straighten up the car, you’re on the brakes, throwing it into this cambered right-hander and hoping you’ve got it right because if you haven’t then it’s all over.

“Getting to do that 53 times in a row is a pretty good way to earn a living.

“What you maybe don’t see on TV is that it’s a real rollercoaster, dropping into valleys and climbing up again, so that you’re rarely on a level surface.”

Ricciardo heads to Japan third in the Drivers’ standings on 181 points, 60 behind Championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

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