Among the various general concerns regarding Formula 1 actual situation, those of Daniel Ricciardo on the return to the track emerged.
The Australian driver, currently confined to the city of Perth - Western Australia - has clearly expressed that the return to the track could take a different route from what we are used to.
After the pre-season tests, the drivers no longer got on their cars and this, according to Ricciardo, could bring “chaos” to the track. The lack of time on the track for the drivers is by no means a trivial matter.
In an interview with the BBC, the Australian driver said: “(It will be) some form of chaos, hopefully in a controlled manner. I am not really referencing cars everywhere. But there is going to be so much rust, a combination of emotion, excitement, eagerness.”
If all goes as planned, the 2020 Formula 1 season will open on 3 July in Austria.
“Everyone is going to be ready to go” he said.
“You are going to get some guys who perform on that level of adrenaline and others who might not. So you’re going to get some bold overtakes, some miscalculated ones. You’re going to see a bit of everything, I’m sure.”
His experience accumulated over the years certainly leads him ahead of other novice drivers who will find themselves getting on the cars after a long stop.
As we know, all drivers need physical and psychological training to face the races. The body must quickly get used to the effort it will be subjected to and Daniel Ricciardo expresses his concerns about this: “If this was my first year or two in F1, if I was still not completely adapted to it, my answer would be yes.”
“The rookies, the first-year, second-year guys, will feel it a little bit more.”
Daniel is confined, like all the other drivers, to his home. At his side, however, are his personal trainer and a close friend. And this helps a lot.
“I’m quite fortunate in this whole situation.” he continued.
“In general, Australia has been pretty good throughout all this and being able to be home and out on the farm has been nice, having so much space and a little bit of freedom as opposed to kind of being locked in a small apartment or something.
“I’m certainly an active kid. I would have struggled in a few other places. This has been really quite nice to get some time here. I haven’t had this since I left Australia in 2007, so it’s really rare for me.
“We have the space out here on the farm and (can) set up a real training programme, which you never really get.
“Well, you get it at the start of the year but once you get back to Europe and the travelling starts it is so hard to get any routine and consistency.
“Now, we have been able to build an eight-week block and we are starting to see some real good improvements.
“The icing on the cake on that is we haven’t been jumping time zones, or locked in pressurised cabins three days a week up in the air, and the benefit is going to be really nice.
“Because it is so unique it was important to maximise this. And who knows? It might give me a bit more longevity in my career.” Ricciardo concluded.
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