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Daniel Ricciardo turns farmer ahead of Austin GP

Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has swapped his racing leathers for farming attire ahead of the 2016 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

The 27-year-old, who sits third in the drivers' championship, visited Nelson Ranch in La Grange where he donned a traditional cowboy hat and learned everything from raking hay to lassoing a cow.

Ricciardo says he's no stranger to the outback and admits he enjoys the change of pace.

"I had a great time. I honestly enjoy a bit of the outback and a few of my mates back home have farms," Ricciardo said.

"Those hay bales are heavy though, much heavier than I expected so I certainly had to put in some effort."

Ricciardo has been in ominous form of late finishing on the podium in five of the last seven races, including a drought-breaking win in Malaysia earlier in the month.

His best result at the Circuit of the Americas was a third place finish in 2014.