The Pressure is on Daniel Ricciardo in China

April 18, 2024Ramon Jones
Formula 1

As Formula 1 returns this weekend with the Chinese Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo seemingly has one last opportunity to prove he is the man for the job at RB. Formula 1 heads to China for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. After its 5 year hiatus, its difficult to determine where the teams stand at this circuit. with the changes to the cars since 2019 practice and qualifying session will be of the utmost importance. Qualifying is one area Ricciardo has struggled thus far this season. With his teammate out performing him on every occasion thus far in 2024. Ricciardo needs to find redemption before a decision to axe him is made. His teammate Tsunoda has made stride for the RB side having already scored points this season.

Ricciardo Comments on the Upcoming Weekend

Daniel Ricciardo #3: “Really looking forward to getting back to Shanghai. It’s been five years since we raced there, so selfishly I want to get back on track at a circuit I enjoy, but I’m also sure the Chinese fans can’t wait to see F1 again – Zhou mentioned that it’s sold out so the atmosphere will be great.  Our first Sprint Weekend brings some challenges but also opportunity, I’m just ready to get back in the car!”

Team Racing Director Alan Permane also offered his comments on the upcoming weekend. “Visa Cash App RB are excited for Formula One to return to Shanghai for the first time since 2019 and will be looking to build on our recent good form. This weekend will present a unique challenge, the first time we have visited with this generation of cars but also a Sprint weekend and Yuki’s first time in Shanghai. We will need to hit the ground running in Free Practice 1, with only one hour of running before the Sprint Qualifying session. Both drivers have spent time in our simulator preparing, and are ready for the weekend.”

While no official decision has been made on Ricciardo Red Bull is keeping a watchful eye on the Australian because without points you can’t compete for championships and Ricciardo current has none. Ricciardo stated that he believes he can still win races but his talking needs to translate to the track if he is going to keep his seat.

Action gets start with the first practice session of the weekend in a few hours time.