Daniel Ricciardo is in love. He can’t get enough of the curves, kisses and screams.
Of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, that is.
The track was the site of his maiden Formula One victory and is the venue for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“Winning has made me love it a little bit more, but really I’ve loved it since my first lap back when I was driving for Toro Rosso,” the Australian said in his race preview.
“I remember coming back into the pits and saying `what a circuit’. I was amazed at how good it was – and I’d only done an install (lap).”
The ability to jump across the kerbs and bounce the car around makes it a “ridiculous” amount of fun, Ricciardo says, which reminds him of his go-kart days.
“And I love that,” he said.
“You can get aggressive with it, and aim to just brush the wall.
“Some guys will play it safe and sacrifice half a 10th (of a second) to get through there cleanly; others will take a risk and go flat out trying to find a little bit.
“The nearer you are, the faster you’ll go. Give the wall a kiss and you feel pretty good; kiss it too hard and that’s it.
“It’d be wonderful if you were doing it in isolation but with 100,000 screaming fans urging you on, it’s just mega.”
It’s unlikely Ricciardo will be in contention for a second straight win at the venue, given Red Bull’s form in 2015.
There’s also a possibility he could be forced to wear a 10-spot grid penalty if the team decides to change his engine for a fifth time this year.
The 25-year-old finished fifth last start at Monaco, his best result this season, behind junior teammate Daniil Kvyat in fourth.