Daniel Ricciardo Disregarded the Sage Advice His Father Gave Him for F1

Published 01/10/2022, 4:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


Parents play a vital role in the lives of their children, and it was no different for Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian is widely considered to be one of the best drivers on the F1 grid. But when Ricciardo was younger, he was given some advice by his dad that he has recently revealed in a podcast.

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Parents always give good advice to their children as they want the best for them. But when Ricciardo’s dad offered some guidance on how to present himself, Daniel completely ignored it as he wanted to be himself.

Daniel Ricciardo talks about the advice that he received from his dad he choose to ignore

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The Australian is perhaps the most loved driver in the Formula One grid; his personality, his tattoos; all make him stand out. However, when he was young, his dad told him to look presentable but he choose to ignore it as he wanted to be his true self.

Speaking on the Gypsy Tales Podcast, Daniel said, “Funnily enough, the only thing my dad tried to drill into me was “look presentable” so have a clean shave, make sure your hair is not looking too bad or whatever. It was more you know like, there is a lot of business and F1 is this and that. You will be sitting in the room with a lot of big people so to speak, so look presentable, look mature all that sort of stuff.”

“That’s the only thing he wanted a bit out of me, but typically father-son relationship, I would choose not to listen or yeah whatever dad, they are going to like me for me and that was that. I think actually just being a little smartass actually probably forced me as well too be me even more. “Don’t get tattoos” you know what if this and that,  “No I am going to get tattoos” it’s what I want to do. You know If I am going to run a bread this weekend, I am going to run a bread. If they don’t like me then they don’t want me, that’s not the relationship I want to be in,” Ricciardo concluded.

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How did the Australian perform this season at McLaren

For the 2021 season, the 32-year-old joined McLaren from Renault. Ricciardo was widely expected to take the Woking-based team to new heights. However, that wasn’t the case, as the only high point of the season was his win at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Ricciardo finished an underwhelming P8 in the drivers’ standings as he scored only 115 points during the 2021 season. With the 2022 season just a few months away, what are your predictions for the Australian as he prepares for his second year with the Woking-based outfit? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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.

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