The FIA held its traditional pre-race press conference with selected Formula 1 drivers on Thursday, June 19, this time ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix which is returning to the race calendar this season. The race, returning after more than a decade's absence, will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. According to Formula 1, at Thursday's press conference, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari joined several other drivers in answering reporters' questions.
According to Formula 1, when asked whether his inaugural Formula 1 victory accomplished at the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago had yet sunk in, Ricciardo replied, "Yeah it has, it’s sunk in now. It took a few days but yeah it was awesome. We had obviously a great day and a good night with the team; we celebrated and enjoyed the moment. It was nice. I got lots of messages from lots of people, fellow drivers and other sportsmen and people around the world, which is pretty cool. I didn’t see all of them but the amount I saw were really nice."
Ricciardo was asked about the Austrian Grand Prix being at Red Bull's home track. Austria is the home headquarters of Red Bull GmbH, the largest selling energy drink in the world and the sponsor of Ricciardo's team. With the return of the race from over a decade ago there and its location within Europe where Formula 1 racing is so popular, the crowds for the weekend's grand prix are expected to be large and enthusiastic.
Ricciardo answered: "It’s obviously exciting for us now. We’ve got a bit of steam as well from the last race. I think we’re all really excited - the home one for Red Bull. We’ll see what happens on track. Hopefully we can be strong again but I think as the weekend goes it’s going to be a lot of fun. Not only for us drivers but for the spectators as well. I think they’re going to put on a good show. There’s a few planes flying around today and I think that will continue throughout the weekend with a good show."
Currently, Daniel Ricciardo is third in the drivers' championship for the season, behind the two Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was asked about his memories of the Austrian circuit, since he will one of only a handful of competitors on the track Sunday who has raced a grand prix there before. He replied that the track "...is a very short circuit, so there are only five or six corners around here where you can make the time, so I expect all the cars to be very close. One or two tenths you can make a lot of places, so you just need to make a perfect lap on Saturday. If not it’s a big penalty in terms of positions on the grid here. And to be honest I don’t remember anything. We raced in 2001 and 2003 and I have no memories. Too long!"
According to the NBC Sports Network, the television outlet and online live-stream, NBC Sports Live Extra, will broadcast several hours of Formula 1 action live over the weekend. The TV and web schedules are below.
All times are Eastern.
2014 Austrian Grand Prix TV & Live-stream schedule:
Friday, June 20, 2014
4:00 a.m. Practice 1 -- NBC Sports Live Extra (Live-stream via the Internet)
8:00 a.m. Practice 2 -- NBCSN -- LIVE.
10:30 p.m. Practice 2 -- NBCSN -- Encore
Saturday, June 21, 2014
5:00 a.m. Practice 3 -- NBC Sports Live Extra (Live-stream via the Internet)
8:00 a.m. Qualifying -- NBCSN -- LIVE.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
*7:30 a.m. Austrian Grand Prix -- NBCSN -- RACE -- LIVE.
Currently in the 2014 standings, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg leads the drivers' championship with 140 points, and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton is second with 118. Ricciardo is third with 79 points, and Alonso is at fourth with 69.
Four-time and defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull sits at fifth place in the overall championship currently with 60 points.