Daniel Ricciardo has said blocking out “the distractions” of Las Vegas will be key when Formula 1 hits The Strip this weekend.
- Daniel Ricciardo’s seventh in Mexico is AlphaTauri’s best result this season
- AlphaTauri is eighth in the constructors’ championship, seven points behind Williams
- F1 returns to Las Vegas for the first time in 41 years this weekend
The first F1 race in Las Vegas since 1982 will be held on Sunday afternoon, AEDT, the penultimate race of the 2023 season.
Ricciardo has shown pace in his AlphaTauri in the previous two races, achieving seventh in Mexico, the team’s best result of the year.
The Australian was 13th in Brazil but was forced to be a lap down on his competitors after being an innocent bystander in a lap 1 crash.
Ricciardo has said ahead of the weekend that focus is going to be crucial, despite the fanfare of the maiden Las Vegas Grand Prix.
“There’s going to be a lot going on apart from the track action, so I aim to stay in the zone and block out the distractions,” he said.
“It’s the balance of obviously trying to promote the weekend, promote the race and also enjoy some of the extracurricular things.
“The bottom line is I’m there to race, and that’s the thing I need to prioritise and focus on.
“Especially now we’ve closed the gap to Williams, getting points is so crucial and critical.”
AlphaTauri is locked in a mega fight for seventh in the constructors’ championship.
The bottom four teams are separated by 16 points with two races left, with Williams in seventh on 28 points and Haas last on 12.
AlphaTauri is eighth on 21 points, with F1’s prize money being handed out based on finishing positions in the constructors’ championship.
The exact amount each team receives is unclear, but the difference between each position on the tables is millions of dollars.
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