Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo. FRANCK ROBICHON

Ricciardo keen to muscle in on rivals

MOTORSPORT: Daniel Ricciardo is ready to beef up next season as he attempts to improve on a second third-place finish for Red Bull in the Formula One drivers' championship.

The 27-year-old wrote in a column for Red Bull that his training regime would change as he looked to get stronger.

"We'll have to change some things up in the preparation, and the in-season training will change, too,” Ricciardo said.

"In the past few years we've concentrated on things like trimming weight and keeping kilos off, and the training itself isn't that challenging. Next year will be different.

"Being able to put on some strength and muscle will be more challenging and more rewarding, so I'm up for that.”

Ricciardo, who is nicknamed the honey badger and has a picture of the animal on his racing helmet, said he was prepared to do the hard yards to achieve results.

"I'm all for making it harder,” he said.

"Time to unlock the hidden honey badger.”

Ricciardo said he felt more content with his third-place finish this season than he had done in 2014.

"This year I felt like I did everything I did in 2014, but at a higher level when I really pushed myself,” he said.

"I was able to find some pretty good levels through the year, and there were quite a few times that I was able to exceed my own expectations for what I thought I could do, maybe even surprise myself a bit.”

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