Daniel Ricciardo Calls for Reverse Layout Melbourne F1 Race Amid Brazilian GP Uncertainty

Published 04/26/2021, 3:11 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Ever since the COVID pandemic began to affect the F1 calendar last season, the organizers looked into creative ways to conduct Grand Prix races. While there was a return of some old circuits and a few double-headers on the same circuit, the Bahrain International Circuit witnessed two consecutive race weekends on two different layouts. And apparently, it is an idea that Daniel Ricciardo likes.

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Some of the races are facing a cloud of certainty because of COVID, with Brazil, in particular suffering a huge number of infections. So, Daniel Ricciardo could foresee a cancellation of the Brazilian GP later in the year.

“I am aware that Brazil is not in a good place currently with COVID. I think that if we were scheduled to go there this weekend then, I am convinced it would be up in the air.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

And for his choice of its replacement, he suggested, “Maybe a double-header in Australia?”

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But the Aussie is not proposing a second race on the same layout in Melbourne.

“Reverse, Go the opposite way, clockwise and anti-clockwise. I would love, especially if there’s any Formula 1 quarantine when we get there, to do a double-header since it at least will make the time worthwhile.”

Until 1995, the FIA organized the Australian GP in Adelaide. Perhaps, they can have a look at hosting the second round of the double-header there? Ricciardo couldn’t offer his opinion as he has “never visually seen it.”

But could Daniel Ricciardo convince every other driver to spend two weeks in Australia?

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The McLaren driver believes that he could get his peers on board with his idea, as well.

“I know that all drivers love going to Melbourne for the race. I mean Australia is Australia, everyone knows how beautiful it is. If I called all the drivers right now and said, ‘Hey, what do you feel about spending two weeks in Australia?’ I am sure no one is going to winge and moan,” said Ricciardo in an exclusive interview with EFTM.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: F1 drivers before the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20150315-00071 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

It is worth noting that the FIA postponed the Australian GP itself until November because of a strict quarantine policy. But maybe a double-header can motivate the F1 Teams to go through the quarantine.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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