Live: Formula 1 press conference with Daniel Ricciardo at Australian Grand Prix


The Aussie star is expected to be one of the big talking points heading into the Australian Grand Prix after his high-profile move from Red Bull to rivals Renault.

It is also the first official Formula 1 press conference since the release of the Formula 1: Drive to Survive documentary series was released on Netflix last week.

The series exposed a number of behind the scenes private moments, including the reasons why Ricciardo really jumped ship to rivals Renault.

His former boss, Red Bull’s Christian Horner, was also heard in the documentary declaring Ricciardo was running “from a fight” by choosing to move to Renault and avoid going head to head with rising star Max Verstappen again.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Robert Kubica (Williams), Verstappen (Red Bull), and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) will also be attending the conference.

You can follow all the live updates from 4pm (AEDT).

It comes as Australian Grand Prix chief Andrew Westacott declared Ricciardo remains just as big a draw card for racegoers as he did before making his move from Red Bull to Renault.

He said ticket sales are on track to set a new record in 2019.

Westacott says the season-opening race is on track to eclipse last year’s attendance figures, with interest in Ricciardo still sky high.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul.Source:AP

Westacott is confident the overall crowd figure for the four-day event at the Albert Park circuit will exceed 300,000 people and hopes more than 100,000 fans will be there on race day.

“We’re fighting fit... the sales across corporate, grandstand and general admission are up about seven to eight per cent on last year,” Westacott said.

“Daniel makes a difference... he’s a hero.

“I love my sport and I think Daniel is like (NBA star) Ben Simmons — he’s someone who people relate to.

“He’s a nice kid in a day and age when some of the behaviours of sportsmen and women can leave a bit to be desired.

“Daniel has always been big. Everyone empathises with him - he had an ordinary year late last year... we all felt for him.

“But it’s a fresh start for him.”

After a cool start to the week, the notoriously fickle Melbourne weather is promising to help race organisers attract large numbers through the gates, with temperatures rising.

Unlike other years, the race won’t clash with the opening round of the AFL season, which is a huge bonus according to Westacott.

Ricciardo has done his best to temper expectations for Renault as they look to close the gap on Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, but Westacott is bullish about his prospects.

“I reckon he is capable of gunning for a podium,” he said.

“No one knows exactly how they’re all going to perform.

“Renault will have a good package and they’ve gone well here before.”

— with AP