London - Daniel Ricciardo is ready to “unlock the hidden Honey Badger” when he starts training for next season's new-look Formula One.
The Australian, nicknamed after the cuddly but ferocious animal, finished third overall this year, the best of the rest behind the Mercedes pair, and said in a column for Red Bull he was looking forward to a harder off-season workout.
The 2017 regulations, with wider tyres and revised aerodynamics, should make the cars faster through the corners and harder to handle, which puts more of a premium on driver strength.
“We'll have to change some things up in the preparation, and the in-season training will change too,” said Ricciardo.
“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.