Daniel Ricciardo Emotionally Reveals Who Is Filling the Void of His Parents Amidst a Non-Stop F1 Season

Published 09/19/2021, 4:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo reacts on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


Formula 1 is undeniably a tough sport, and constant traveling does often take a toll on the drivers and their respective crew. Similarly, the 2021 Italian GP race winner, Daniel Ricciardo, acknowledged that he has persistently missed the warmth of his parents during race weekends.

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This leads to the question, how does the Australian cope with it? Well, it is certainly a massive void to fill, and Ricciardo has been relying on two of his work colleagues to accomplish that. One being his manager, Blake Friend, and the other being his personal trainer, Michael Italiano.

What did Daniel Ricciardo say?

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In an exclusive interview with McLaren, Ricciardo affirmed that he occasionally misses his family, but Blake and Michael have managed to get rid of the missing.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with his team after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

I’ve been very fortunate to have a really good support network around me. You know, good friends, whether that’s Blake, whether that’s Michael or people in the team. They kind of fill the void,” he said.

Of course, I miss my family, but I’ve been able to, let’s say, soldier on just fine because of them, because of the other people in my life. I think staying busy helps as well. And just being driven. This sport keeps me laser-focused,” Ricciardo added.

Who is more important to Ricciardo?

The Honey Badger is still preferring his family over everything, as he revealed that he grew up in a very highly affectionate home.

I’d still say family. Yeah. I think it dictates a lot of your happiness and all that. Not having family around over the past year… it’s been… it’s been hard,” he said.

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I was fortunate to grow up in a really loving and affectionate home. Not having some of that, it’s like a part of you, a part of your life that you enjoy is missing.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives ahead of the British Grand Prix REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Overall, after a rather poor start to the McLaren campaign, Ricciardo is oozing with confidence and is inching closer to his teammate in the championship standings.

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The gap has come down to 49 points, and it looks like the difference could come down even further. So, after finishing ahead of Lando Norris twice in the latest triple-header, can Ricciardo continue to pull off more such dominant shows over the upcoming weekends at Sochi and Istanbul Park?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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