Red Bull had a choice of when to take their penalty, which was issued for changing the engine unit in Ricciardo’s car.
The Australian’s team decided it would be best to get the punishment out of the way in Hockenheim so they can use the second half of the season to push Ferrari and Mercedes.
And Red Bull were the fastest in practice on Friday as Ricciardo won the first session and Max Verstappen claimed the second.
So with his quick car, Ricciardo is looking forward to the challenge of coming from the back of the grid.
“The priority today was to try and get a good race set up because we are going to be coming through a few guys on Sunday so we prioritised that,” Ricciardo said.
“It’s more frustrating when [a grid penalty] happens a day before or something, so I could prepare myself and I’m actually pretty excited to come through the back and have a bit of fun.
“I was aware I was probably going to take the penalty here, so now I just look at it as a fun Sunday coming through the field.
“That is the plan. I’ll try and get as far up as I can and if you get a podium from the back it’s like a win. So that is my target.”
Ricciardo set the fastest lap in FP1 but used the later afternoon slot to test his long-run pace.
And he was happy with how everything panned out.
“The pace was pretty good today. This morning I was quick and Max was fastest this afternoon while I focussed on long runs,” he added.
“We are looking quite good but obviously, I will be starting somewhere down at the back on Sunday due to the engine penalties.
“The priority today was to get a good race car as the reality is that qualifying will be irrelevant for me and we’re going to be passing a fair few cars on Sunday.
“The race run I did just now was pretty good and the car feels strong. Whether one car starts at the front and one car at the back, if we have a fast car it is still motivating for Sunday.”
Source : EXPRESS