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Sochi is not the Russia I pictured

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Sochi is not the Russia I pictured

Sochi is not the Russia I pictured

Daniel Ricciardo made his stunning comeback to finish fourth behind the Nico Rosberg in the Chinese GP as the best performance of his career.

The Australian, who started from second on the grid, took the lead from pole-sitter Rosberg into the first corner but was brought undone by a left rear tyre puncture on the third lap of the race, it was cost his podium chance.

Ricciardo is now looking forward to the unique challenge that is Sochi…

Russian GP preview: “Sochi is not the Russia I pictured before I first went there. All of a sudden I saw a beautiful blue beach, which made me feel as if I was in a resort and they also have a very modern facility with the Olympic Park. ”Ricciardo said.

“I think the track hasn’t suited us in the last two years, but we’ve had some strong races so far this year on circuits we didn’t think suited us either so let’s see what happens. In the past it’s been quite a low grip. It got a bit better last year but it’s still quite slippery and because there is not that much tyre wear we haven’t done many pit stops in the past. ”

“There is not much camber change which you get on a lot of tracks. Also the corners are very flat and because of that quite unique. I’m looking forward to going back. ”

“The hotel we’re staying in has a very nice restaurant called Fellini. But because we spend so much time at the track we don’t really get the chance to see much. I’m going to try this year and speak to Dany to get some local advice. I think Dany will get a very busy week ahead but I don’t think it compares to Australia because it is the first race of the season, so you get more media anyway. I know how he feels though: it’s a week of survival.”

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