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Daniel Ricciardo is heading to a familiar Formula 1 venue this week, Imola, to put in some demonstration laps for Toro Rosso. The track, former home of the San Marino Grand Prix, is the closest F1 circuit to the factories of Ferrari and his own team. It last hosted a race in 2006.
Imola’s last victor was Michael Schumacher, although the circuit is most chillingly remembered for the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna in 1994.
“We’re doing some promotional filming this week at Imola for our sponsors,” Ricciardo writes in his latest Toro Rosso website blog. “It’s quite limited running – I think we’re only allowed 100 kilometres over the two days – but it’s pretty cool nonetheless to go to a circuit with so much history. Once we’re finished, then the summer shutdown begins.
“For me a holiday means not training for a week or so. That doesn’t mean I’ll be slouching on the sofa eating KFC and watching movies all day (fun though that is); it just means that I won't be doing strict physical activity. I’ll play some tennis, go mountain biking, fun stuff like that. But I might not be hitting the weights.”
After 11 races in his first full F1 campaign, Ricciardo sits two points behind team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne. However, the Australian has out-qualified the Frenchman on nine occasions and finished ahead in races six to five. He turned 23 at the start of July.
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