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"What a magnificent greyhound" - Ricciardo praises Flying Ricciardo

"What a magnificent greyhound" - Ricciardo praises Flying Ricciardo

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"What a magnificent greyhound" - Ricciardo praises Flying Ricciardo

"What a magnificent greyhound" - Ricciardo praises Flying Ricciardo

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo has jokingly suggested he will seek the guidance of a winning greyhound named after him following its stunning form this year.

Flying Ricciardo has notched up an astonishing 86% win rate since first running in May, winning 12 races and finishing second twice.

Renault driver Ricciardo is to use this weekend off to ask for some advice from the greyhound, that is also from his native Australia, in order to secure his first podium for his team.

"What a magnificent greyhound," said Ricciardo when asked about Flying Ricciardo.

"I have got to get behind it. I know my mates are the betting kind. They love horses and greyhounds, so I will have to get on board the Ricciardo train.

"100% podium rate, that's impressive. So I might actually call the greyhound, get some advice.

"I am assuming he is quick out of the gates. I was quick out of the gates a few days ago but I might have to do that more often to have a chance. I will give him a call and speak greyhound language with Ricciardo."

The recent Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello marked Ricciardo's second fourth-place finish in three races, with a sixth at Monza sandwiched in between backing up a strong triple-header.

The likelihood of another race at the Tuscan venue any time soon is small, notably given the finances involved and F1's dislike of staging two grands prix in the same country, with Monza's new contract for the Italian Grand Prix running until 2025.

Ricciardo, though, would love to return. He said: "It certainly provided a much better race than anticipated.

"It was one of the most exciting races, not even close to boring. As a driver, I would like to come back. I think many drivers would like to come back. Let's see.

"Obviously, we have got Monza as an Italian race which we all love. I don't want to come back at the expense of Monza but if we could come back here as well then that would be nice."

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