Daniel Ricciardo Comes Out in Support of a Young McLaren F1 Fan with Heartwarming Gesture

Published 06/13/2021, 4:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

Daniel Ricciardo sends a heartwarming message to a young McLaren fan who was bullied. Not only that but sending McLaren merchandise to bring a smile back to his face.


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Furthermore, the Woking-based outfit told the young boy that Lando Norris and Ricciardo were with and that they condone bullying altogether.

Daniel Ricciardo shares a motivation message with a young McLaren fan


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After hearing that the boy was bullied at school and his favorite papaya was destroyed. Ricciardo decided to step in and send a strong message to the young fan, and even send him some team goodies to help him smile again.

Daniel wrote, “Sorry to hear this, but don’t stress buddy. Makes you look tough! Bullies are the weak ones, don’t forget that. I’ll sort you out with a new hat and some other goodies. Stay up lil homie.”

The Woking-based outfit was quite shocked to see their young fan go through this traumatizing situation. Hence they took to Twitter to send their love and support of the kid, and together with Norris and Ricciardo, they will take care of him.

McLaren wrote, “To all the kind and wonderful fans out there who have supported this strong young man, we just want to let you know that together with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo we’ve got him covered”

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It’s not the first time that McLaren made a young fan’s day

Back in 2019, a young fan made a replica of the then, MCL34, fully made out of cardboard. The Woking-based outfit were overwhelmed with joy and decide to invite him to the McLaren HQ.

The team wrote, “We couldn’t help but admire the structure, the livery, and of course the passion displayed by the driver behind the wheel.”


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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

“We invited Logan and his family to McLaren HQ so that we could meet the mastermind behind it all, as well as present him with our own edition of the MCL34 box.”

The heartwarming gesture by the papaya team was welcome with joy from the sport of Formula One and motorsport. This type of gesture has surely gone to make fans support the Woking-based outfit. Do you know of any gesture done by F1 teams for their fans? If so, do comment down below and let us know.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.