Welcome to FOX SPORTS’ live coverage of practice for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo will take to the track hoping to finally have a problem-free weekend in his new Renault, after engine issues have blighted his practice and qualifying sessions to date, while he is yet to finish a race this season, let alone score any points.
The Australian has fond memories of this track however, having went on a stunning late overtaking spree last year to win the race, with his final move on Valtteri Bottas voted as one of the overtakes of the season.
“I don’t want to say I’m nowhere [with my overtaking], but of course I was a bit of a standout in a Red Bull car,” Ricciardo told ESPN in Shanghai.
“As yet, I haven’t had that level of confidence on braking as I did last year. It’s more on a knife edge in that area, and I’ve noticed I’m locking a wheel here or there.
“But I think your style will always be a part of you, and I still want to be that aggressive driver on the brakes, But that will come with confidence.
“That’s what I want to get back to. I still want my competitors to fear me.”
Ricciardo is not expected to emulate that 2018 performance this year though, with Ferrari again set to be favourites as young gun Charles Leclerc looks to get over his traumatic ending in Bahrain as Sebastian Vettel aims to prove to all his doubters that he isn’t past it.
Mercedes have, so far, scored a one-two in both races and will be looking to do so again in what is F1’s 1000th race.
Track schedule (AEST):
Practice 1: 12.00-13.30
Practice 2: 16.00-17.30
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