Ricciardo gets his own grandstand in Melbourne

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Daniel Ricciardo says he has extra motivation ahead fo
his home race, the Australian GP, after a grandstand was named
after him – and sold out fast.

The Aussie heads home to Australia this weekend for the
season-opening race at the Albert Park street circuit.

In five starts he has yet to reach the podium in Melbourne but
this season will have a bit of extra incentive.

“This year they have named a grandstand after me, the Ricciardo
Premium Grandstand with views of Turns Three, Four and Five,
which is pretty cool,” he said.

“It’s another bit of motivation for me to do well and I will,
of course, give the fans a wave. It’s great to have such
positive support and I’ve heard the tickets sold out pretty
quickly for the stand. 

“I will definitely embrace the weekend, have some fun with it
and try and give the fans a reason to celebrate on Sunday.”

The build-up to the race, though, is rather intense for
Ricciardo, who as Formula 1’s only Australian driver is a hot
commodity at home.

“It’s always good to be back on home soil and enjoy a bit of
sunshine after winter testing,” he added.

“My home race is awesome in so many ways but it’s also super
busy and full on, the week for me starts on Monday and doesn’t
stop until Sunday night. 

“It’s nice that there’s so much media attention at the start of
the season and everyone is super excited to see how I go. I try
and attend as many events as I can but I’m still there to do a
job.

“We get a pretty big greeting from everyone when we arrive at
track each morning, the fans are so enthusiastic!”

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