Just a few weeks in the past Ricciardo was first touted as a doable post-shutdown alternative for Nyck de Vries on the Faenza workforce, with the Dutchman anticipated to have a final likelihood to show himself with the run of European races as much as Spa.
However de Vries was dropped after the British Grand Prix, and Ricciardo was fast-tracked into the seat for Hungary and Belgium, with restricted time to organize.
Whereas the timing wasn’t best, Ricciardo believes that these races offered him a launchpad forward of the second half of the season.
“Once I received the decision up, in my head I used to be like, ‘Oh, okay, I assumed we would most likely simply anticipate the summer time break,” stated the Australian.
“However I am really actually glad I received these two earlier than the break, as a result of it provides me one thing to actually take into consideration, construct on, throw some questions again to the workforce.
“I really feel like we will get to Zandvoort being a lot better ready than if Zandvoort was my first race, and I feel it sort of springboards us a bit higher into the second off the season.
“Clearly, I do know when my health is at, so I can work through the summer time break now. Whereas everybody’s sipping Pina Coladas, I will be within the fitness center.”
Ricciardo stated he felt higher than anticipated after his comeback race in Hungary, the place the recent situations and twisty nature of the observe made for a bodily problem. Nonetheless, he admits that he nonetheless has work to do.
“I’ll use this time to play catch up, when it comes to from a bodily standpoint,” he stated when requested by Autosport what he might obtain through the break.
Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri AT04
Picture by: Erik Junius
“Clearly my race health will not be what all the opposite drivers is.
“However most likely the one factor I used to be happiest about actually was how I felt after the [Hungarian] race, I really felt loads higher than I assumed I used to be going really feel.
“In fact, I can all the time be higher. So when shutdown is on I’ll use that simply to coach and, after all, try to get pleasure from a bit of little bit of a vacation. However I’ve had a vacation for six months!
“I am going to simply use that to coach, as a result of Zandvoort may be very bodily as nicely. It’s extremely laborious on the neck, that one, it is quick and no matter. So simply be sure that I am doing that.
“If I am bodily in form, then I feel mentally and every little thing it feels simpler coming right into a weekend, like there’s much less inquiries to be answered.”
After finishing 16th in the Spa race, Ricciardo admitted that he couldn’t count on every little thing to return collectively shortly even after a comparatively brief spell out of the cockpit.
“9 days in the past, I hadn’t pushed this automobile,” he stated.
“So after I put every little thing into perspective, I feel we’re okay. And from what I perceive, I feel the few laps we received in direction of the top in clear air we really had been on an honest tempo.
“So it is most likely not all that dangerous. However now that I am again in sport, I’ve received a style, I wish to guarantee that I am kicking ass.”