Ricciardo: Bahrain more exciting as a night race

It may not be the most exciting track in F1 but Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to a “fun” race in Bahrain.

Since joining Red Bull Racing, the Aussie has always scored points at the Sakhir circuit and narrowly missed out on the podium in 2014 when he was P4.

“I think the track’s always been pretty fun to race on,” he said. “I feel I’ve always had good results at this track, and there are good places for overtaking.

“Since it’s been a night race it’s become a lot more exciting.

“The tyres last a bit longer and you can push a bit harder throughout the race so it’s been a good challenge the last few years and a place I’ve always enjoyed.

“There’s not really one standout corner that’s like ‘woah’ but it’s all pretty cool and the middle sector is quite fun.

“Night races are fun, for whatever reason it feels like you go a bit faster at night, so it’s exciting. If every race was a night race it wouldn’t have that same atmosphere so it’s cool that we have a few across the year.”

And although F1 has opted to retain the new qualifying format for the Bahrain race, Ricciardo isn’t too worried about qualifying as drivers can overtake at the desert track.

“The track is good for overtaking,” he explained, “the last corner flows quite well and if you can get close for DRS you can get a good run into Turn 1. If you don’t get it into Turn 1, then there’s Turn 4 or the middle sectors where it’s easy to make mistakes.

“There’s probably four places you can pass on the track which is pretty good. The track does suit us, the last couple of years we’ve had a pretty good result, so hopefully we can continue that this year as well.”

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