Daniel Ricciardo Cheekily Responds to Ellen DeGeneres’ Jetlag Question

Published 11/04/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo became only the second driver from F1 to appear on the iconic “The Ellen Show”. The McLaren driver went to the show to promote the Netflix F1 series “Drive to Survive”. The show has exploded in the United States during the pandemic and has managed to get the viewers hooked.

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In the recently concluded US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport amassed a record attendance. Ricciardo highlighted how the show has brought in new fans from the country, Ellen being one of them.

But one of the questions by Ellen stumped the quick-witted Aussie. Ellen asked the McLaren driver how does he cope with the travel required in the sport.

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“Caffeine. A little bit of melatonin to help sleep,” said Ricciardo jokingly.

“But it’s hard. You try to adjust a little bit before you get to the destination. So maybe two or three days before your flight, you try to bring your bedtime maybe an hour earlier each night to try and slowly get into it.

“But fortunately, because the sport is so intense and has high adrenaline, we can normally operate pretty well with little sleep. That’s what I tell myself,” said Daniel.

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Daniel Ricciardo analyzes the challenges ahead of Mexican Grand Prix

As reported by Automobilsport, the Mclaren driver is heading into the Mexican Grand Prix on the back of his most complete performance of the season in Austin. But the track may not suit the fast and slippery McLaren and will favor their rivals, Ferrari.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake

“I’m looking forward to heading back to Mexico. It’s been too long. The atmosphere is always incredible and that stadium section is an awesome part of the circuit, the fans are also some of the most passionate in the world.

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“We’re really lucky to be racing there and in Brazil back-to-back because the excitement around the races is unreal.” said Daniel.

Both Mexico and Brazil may not play to their strengths. But McLaren and Ricciardo would hope to minimize the damage and get back on the throttle for the remaining three races.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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