Ricciardo hits the gym for hot laps
David Reynolds (Holden) Jamie Whincup (Holden) Scott McLaughlin (Ford) Fabian Coulthard (Ford) Mark Winterbottom (Ford) Andre Heimgartner (Nissan) Chaz Mostert (Ford) Tim Slade (Holden) Anton de Pasquale (Holden) Craig Lowndes (Holden) AUSTRALIAN Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has left no stone unturned in his quest to win tonight’s Singapore Grand Prix.
He has been sweating up a storm in the gym for ninestraight days in seven layers of clothing, with the heat maxed out to “get comfortable in the uncomfortable”.
Ricciardo, free from sponsorship commitments between races, also shunned social media, knowing it could be his last chance for victory for a while.
His Red Bull Racing car is suited to the tight-and-twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit and he will switch to a less-competitive Renault drive from 2019.
“I had nine days pretty much of no distraction since (the Italian Grand Prix at) Monza, and it was time for me to put everything into this,” Ricciardo said.
“It was really just eat, sleep, train, and that was it. A lot of heat training.
“It’s the hottest race of the year, it’s the longest race of the year, and it’s the toughest one.
“I want to get comfortable in the uncomfortable, so I was in a gym with seven layers of clothing on, the heat was right up and I was on the bike.”
There’s good reason for the punishing gym sessions, with the sport’s original night race easily the toughest on the calendar.
“It’s a mental game as well,” said Ricciardo, who is a Singapore specialist, having been on the podium there every year since 2014.
TOP DRIVE: David Reynolds leads the way in the race for pole at the Sandown 500 in Melbourne yesterday.