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Daniel Ricciardo does full interview in American accent

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Eccentric Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has got his teeth well and truly stuck into the U.S. Grand Prix and has even developed a knack for the local lingo.

Following a visit to a Texan ranch, the Red Bull Racing driver posted pictures of himself to his Instagram page both driving a tractor and wearing full cowboy gear, with a caption saying 'ranch life'.

In an interview with Sky Sports Ricciardo spoke about his recent cowboy experience, and somewhat comically, he did so sporting a thick Texan accent.

When asked if he had shoveled hay and dung during his trip to the ranch, He said: " Well I shoveled hey, I'm not quite sure I shoveled dung, as you said.

"We call it something else down here, but erm yeh, me I thought myself I handled the situation quite well."

The interviewer then proceeded to ask the Aussie speedster if he'd had to do any "lambing or calving", and whether or not he'd had to wear rubber gloves [meaning to milk cows and/or other similar, but perhaps less appealing, farming duties].

This is how he responded: "Hmm no, I wore a rubber glove but just to lift the hey sir".

At that point both men started laughing, and the interviewer told Ricciardo that he was enjoying the spectacle, to which Ricciardo replied: "Well I feel that the more I start to speak like this, the more I'm feeling like I'm getting accustomed to everything Texas."

The interview concluded with Ricciardo being prompted to give his pick on a choice between Donald [Trump] or Hillary [Clinton] - the two American presidential candidates - and the answer he gave was somewhat amusing. He answered: "Oh! Please sir, don't throw that catastrophe upon me."

He added: "I'm standing here as a neutral. I've got my beautiful shoes on [decorated in the colors of the American flag] I just want what is best for the great city of Texas, and the country of America."

The U.S. Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 23rd October and is being held at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

It is the fifth Grand Prix to be held at the venue, and the race will mark the 46th running of the American Grand Prix.

The course is 5.516 km (3.427 miles) long and drivers will have to navigate the 20 corners and 2 high-speed straights 56 times, making for a total race distance of 308.896 km (191.939 miles).

Lewis Hamilton won in Austin last year, and he was joined on the podium by Nico Rosberg [Mercedes] and Sebastian Vettel [Ferrari] in second and third place respectively. 

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