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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo ready to take advantage of unpredictable Baku weekend

Daniel Ricciardo won the Baku Grand Prix in 2017 but has also twice retired, including after crashing with Max Verstappen. This season he hopes for better.

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Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to be ready to take advantage of any opportunities that come his way during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend at the "unpredictable" Baku City Circuit.

Ricciardo has a mixed record in Baku, having won the race in 2017 but twice retired, including after crashing with then-teammate Max Verstappen.

He will arrive at this season's event having endured a difficult start to the new campaign, his worst since his first full campaign in 2012.

Ricciardo: Baku is always fun

But Ricciardo remains an admirer of the track at which he once completed a stunning three-car overtake on his way to a memorable victory.

"I’m a big fan of the Baku [City] Circuit, it has some exciting features and it’s always a fun battle heading into Turn 1, where you often end up with three cars running side by side," he said.

"There’s a couple of different ways we can play it strategy-wise this weekend but track position for lights out on Sunday will be important, even with the overtaking opportunities the longest straight on the calendar offers."

Ricciardo targeting bounce back after difficult Baku

The unpredictability of the Baku City Circuit offers McLaren the chance to spring a surprise, just as they did in Monza last season. And Ricciardo will be aiming to the be the driver in the right place, at the right time this weekend.

"There’s always an element of unpredictability at street circuits so I’m ready to take advantage of any opportunities that come my way," Ricciardo continued.

"Whilst Monaco wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be, I’m feeling confident that we can keep pushing ahead and make the most of this weekend."

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