Canada Ricciardo on the Nordschleife: "I drove like a grandpa"

20:18  18 october  2020
20:18  18 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Daniel Ricciardo war beeindruckt und eingeschüchtert © Motorsport Images Daniel Ricciardo was impressed and intimidated

The Nürburgring Nordschleife has not been used by Formula 1 since 1976, but some drivers have on the edge of the Eifel -Turned a few laps on the dreaded track at the weekend. Daniel Ricciardo was so scared that he was glad when his round came to an end.

"I was really scared," admits the Australian after driving a Renault Megane RS. On Thursday evening after the media meetings, he and his teammate Esteban Ocon were given the chance to explore the Nordschleife.

Ricciardo has been to the "Green Hell" before. However, he has no good memories of it because he almost had an accident in a Fiat Punto . This time the conditions made the exit difficult. "It was pretty slippery," says Ricciardo.

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In addition, the road was wet. In cold temperatures he tried his luck again. "I don't play the track in any games, so I don't know it by heart. But I was really scared on the first 500 meters." That then had an effect on the remaining kilometers.

"I was intimidated, let's put it this way. But it's beautiful and fun, but would I want to do a 24-hour race here with 180 other cars? Thanks, but no. Maybe I'll get old, but I'm whole happy with where I am, "he smiles.

In the video about the test drive, Ricciardo sums up: "I've never driven so slowly in my entire life. There is simply no room for mistakes. I drove like a grandpa. I've never been so scared while driving so slowly. "

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