While Ricciardo was on the verge of returning for the previous race in Qatar, he opted to exercise caution, believing it was too hasty. During this extended break, he had the opportunity to fully recuperate, ensuring he is at his best for one of his most cherished events on the F1 calendar.
The return of the honey badger
“It’s good to be back,” Ricciardo said. “My hand is much better, and the simulator was a useful way of assessing it.
“I tried it out in the week before Qatar, but I didn’t feel it was at full potential, so I spent the rest of that week in the UK, spending more time in the sim, and got to a point where I felt ready to go.
“My overall fitness is fine as I kept training as much as I could, although I obviously couldn’t do much with my left hand or arm for a while.”
“I’ve always enjoyed Austin,” Ricciardo added.“It’s very unique for a modern-day circuit, and the undulations and bumps mean it’s physical. It does beat you up, but I think I like that. I like the challenge.
“A lot of the apexes are quite wide as well, so there are some peculiar corners which make the track exceptional and stand out.”
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