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Ricciardo keen to play the pantomime villain at the British GP

Written by  Jul 05, 2018

Usually Formula 1's good guy, but Daniel Ricciardo has suggested he fancies spoiling the fun at Silverstone and win the British GP for Red Bull this weekend.

The Australian is undergoing a rough stint with no podium finish since his win in Monaco, a second retirement of the season in Austria and has been out-shone by teammate Max Verstappen as well in recent races with the Dutchman now just three points behind.

Though immensely popular everywhere he goes, but recent English success and the thought of preventing more was on the mind of the man from Perth on Thursday.

“I’ve had a podium there but never a win, I might steal it from Lewis [Hamilton],” Ricciardo joked referring to his past results at Silverstone.

“He has a pretty good home record but I’ll try and get one back on the English, they are doing a bit too well in sport at the moment!”

The British track does still have a special place in the 29-year-old's heart though, both for milestones and for the thrill of driving.

“My first ever F1 race was at Silverstone so it’s always a special one for me," he recalled, debuting with HRT in 2011.

 

"I’ve always loved the circuit – it’s high speed, flowing and beautiful. Copse is flat and then into Maggots and Becketts is just epic, I’m genuinely so excited about this race.

“It also has one of the most loyal and patriotic crowds and the place is rich in motorsport history.

“I had a fun race there last year coming from the back and through the field to fifth, it’s always been a pretty happy hunting ground for me.”

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