Daniel Ricciardo likes to keep it personal in his usual post-race Vlogs, but this time, his thoughts were interrupted by Jenson Button’s musical cameo and David Coulthard’s plea of distress.
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) July 25, 2016
Ricciardo found himself back on the podium and the grin was restored after the Hungarian GP. His solid drive to 3rd making him “best of the rest” behind the Mercedes, who were yet again untouchable.
Looking ahead to Hockenheim, the fight between Red Bull and Scuderia Ferrari is going to be more balanced than it was at the Hungaroring. The nature of that circuit gave Red Bull a clear-cut advantage.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 27, 2016
Ricciardo was upbeat after claiming his second podium of the season, but the first one he’s been happy about. His 2nd place in Monaco was one to forget for the Aussie…
“The weekend was obviously good. Nice to be back on the podium, very happy with that. Nice to leave a Sunday feeling content and satisfied.
Hungary has been good to me and now we have a few days turnover … and then sights set on Hockenheim in a few days. Good times.
I think the Hockenheimring is actually a pretty fun track. I like entering the stadium section. Also the fans are huge motorsport fans, which is always pretty awesome. There are some cool little towns around the track which offer some traditional German food and after my week in Austria I can’t wait to enjoy my second round of Schnitzels.”
– Daniel Ricciardo
With only one point separating Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull in the constructor standings, it’s clear that whichever team has the better race weekend will be heading into the summer break with 2nd in the standings.
In terms of records between the four drivers around the Hockenheimring, Max Verstappen is yet to race here in Formula One. Daniel Ricciardo managed 13th for Toro Rosso in 2012 and 6th for Red Bull in 2014.
Sebastian Vettel hasn’t had the best of luck at Hockenheim, even when he was racing for Red Bull in his four championship winning years. He managed 8th for Toro Rosso in 2008, 3rd for Red Bull in 2010, 5th in 2012 and 4th in 2014. The idea that Vettel could match his best result in this year’s Ferrari highlights how unlucky he’s been here before.
Kimi Raikkonen also has a patchy record around the circuit, with a 6th for Ferrari in 2008, a 3rd for the Lotus team in 2012 and 11th for Ferrari in 2014.
There’s no clear favourite between the four if previous results are anything to go by. This blows the race between them wide open.