Australian's own Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo is already in the United States, the Red Bull driver taking the opportunity to spend some relaxing time in California prior to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

With six races already completed out of this year's 20 year calendar, Daniel is currently fifth in the drivers' standings and is hoping that a strong result in one of his favourite races will help close the gap to fourth a little further.

Here he talks about the upcoming race weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and how a podium finish on Sunday afternoon would be the perfect result…

Next stop Montreal. It's a totally different prospect to Monaco, but it does have similarities that appeal to you doesn't it?
I love the Canadian Grand Prix and, yeah, it's my type of track. It's another street circuit where you can get close to the walls, I've had a race win there and it's great fun both on and off-track. What's not to love? It's also a tricky track to get right and although there aren't a whole lot of corners they are all quite complex.

What about last year's race? You had your best Montreal quali result with fourth on the grid but finished seventh in the race.
I was pretty happy with my qualifying lap last year and the last chicane was fun but it would be really great to get back on the podium. Last year it was also freezing cold and to be honest that sucked. You would just about warm up after a few laps in the car, so hopefully it will be a little bit warmer this year.

It's our first visit to North America this year and we all know it's one of your favourite regions, so will you be extending your trip there?
I'll definitely spend some time in the US before heading to the race. I've got some friends coming with me so we will probably go to California first and maybe I will go on a little road trip after the race weekend. But first, let's hope we can get a good result in front of those mega Canadian fans.