Ricciardo: 10-race Formula 1 season would be "legit"

Andrew van Leeuwen

, however at the time of the revised calendar announcement F1 officials were still hopeful of expanding that to as many as 18 races before the end of December.

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podcast Ricciardo explained that in his opinion the magic number is 10.

That would be enough racing to declare the season is "legit", and have a world champion crowned without an asterisk next to it.

"If we only did four or five races, yeah maybe [not] so. But if we get anything from kind of 10 and above, there's enough races there to figure out who the champion is, in my mind. 

"Obviously the atmosphere is going to be different around the paddock without fans, at least for the first part of the season, but the reality is we're all racing. The same drivers, the same cars. 

"For me the competition isn't going to change."

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While excited to get racing again after the unusually long off-season, Ricciardo admitted there's one thing he's not looking forward to – ongoing swab testing as part of the COVID-19 precautions. 

"One thing I am sure of, because I've already experienced it, is the whole COVID testing with the nose swab... that is not fun," he added. 

"And we have to get that probably another 30 times this year. I didn't enjoy that at all. That's something I know is going to happen, and certainly not something I'm looking forward to."