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Thursday, 14 March 2019

'Lock your doors': Ricciardo promises wild Melbourne ride


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Local Formula 1 ace Daniel Ricciardo has promised wild celebrations that might include a leap into Albert Park lake if he is able to pull off a stunning Australian Grand Prix win in his new Renault.

Ricciardo has done his best to play down expectations since his contentious switch from Red Bull, saying as recently as Tuesday that a win wasn't realistic.

But he at least allowed himself to dream of the possibility at the pre-race press conference on Thursday.

The events featuring the top drivers can be rather dry and serious affairs, but the famous Ricciardo grin was on show when an Italian journalist asked if he would leap into the trackside lake like Crocodile Dundee if he were to win.

Daniel Ricciardo

"With myself, not with my car right?" Ricciardo replied smiling broadly.

The local hero needed to compose himself after four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel chimed in with an impromptu Paul Hogan impersonation.

"I might need some help from some others this early in the season, but there's a chance (of a win) for sure," Ricciardo said.

"A chance for some overtakes ... I think early on there won't be too many front-row starts, there will certainly be some cars in front.

"A win might be optimistic but being the hunter I think that's still going to be a lot of fun this year.

Daniel Ricciardo

"I'll try to win, of course ... if we could pull that off then lock your doors."

There is always a level of uncertainty about the Formula 1 pecking order at the start of a new season.

After a slow start, Renault finished off-season testing in Barcelona well.

Ricciardo was buoyed by the results of testing but said there isn't enough information on hand to get a true indication of how close the Renault is to frontrunners Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

"I'm not sure ... we'll see how we go," he said.

"In the second week of testing we had a few new parts on the car and they seemed more promising for our development.

"That was encouraging and I think we left the test more encouraged.

"But judging the top three cars, I don't even know where they stand at the moment."

Local Formula 1 ace Daniel Ricciardo has promised wild celebrations that might include a leap into Albert Park lake if he is able to pull off a stunning Australian Grand Prix win in his new Renault.

Ricciardo has done his best to play down expectations since his contentious switch from Red Bull, saying as recently as Tuesday that a win wasn't realistic.

But he at least allowed himself to dream of the possibility at the pre-race press conference on Thursday.

The events featuring the top drivers can be rather dry and serious affairs, but the famous Ricciardo grin was on show when an Italian journalist asked if he would leap into the trackside lake like Crocodile Dundee if he were to win.

Daniel Ricciardo

"With myself, not with my car right?" Ricciardo replied smiling broadly.

The local hero needed to compose himself after four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel chimed in with an impromptu Paul Hogan impersonation.

"I might need some help from some others this early in the season, but there's a chance (of a win) for sure," Ricciardo said.

"A chance for some overtakes ... I think early on there won't be too many front-row starts, there will certainly be some cars in front.

"A win might be optimistic but being the hunter I think that's still going to be a lot of fun this year.

Daniel Ricciardo

"I'll try to win, of course ... if we could pull that off then lock your doors."

There is always a level of uncertainty about the Formula 1 pecking order at the start of a new season.

After a slow start, Renault finished off-season testing in Barcelona well.

Ricciardo was buoyed by the results of testing but said there isn't enough information on hand to get a true indication of how close the Renault is to frontrunners Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

"I'm not sure ... we'll see how we go," he said.

"In the second week of testing we had a few new parts on the car and they seemed more promising for our development.

"That was encouraging and I think we left the test more encouraged.

"But judging the top three cars, I don't even know where they stand at the moment."

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