Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he is looking forward to training for the 2017 season, as it will be high intensity.
Next season will see wider and faster cars introduced, which will make them more physically challenging to drive. The motive behind it was that the current designs don't challenge the physical strength of a driver and they were branded too easy to drive.
“For me it is going to be more fun personally because we will do a bit more strength training and I kind of enjoy it,” the Australian said. “The last couple of years, you are doing a lot of training just to keep your weight down, so a lot of longer endurance but not very high intensity to not put muscle on.
“So in a way the training we have done is a little bit more boring, whereas now we can actually push harder in training and we can afford to put on some muscle and things like this. So it will be more challenging but more rewarding.”
Ricciardo also stated that he quite like the idea of a longer winter as it will give him more time to train.
“In a way it is quite nice that the testing is late,” the four-time grand winner added. “That gives us a good chance to physically get a bit more time for ourselves to train.
“That is one thing with such a long season, a lot of races during the year, you don’t get a lot of time to train physically as well as you would like. You get a day here a day there, you don’t really get like a week of proper training, very rarely."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing