Daniel Ricciardo Hails Michael Schumacher as the God of Formula 1

Published 08/19/2021, 5:00 AM EDT
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)


For many, Michael Schumacher is regarded as their hero and inspiration in Formula One. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is no different and holds the seven-time world champion in high regard.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Australian had his first duel with Schumacher when the German was at Mercedes. The two were battling it out at the Japanese Grand Prix, and Ricciardo vividly remembers the feeling of racing against Michael.

Daniel Ricciardo holds Michael Schumacher in high regard

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Growing up, many of the drivers from the current grid aspired to race against Schumacher. So, it is no surprise when Ricciardo had to chance to battle his idol on the race track his emotions were high.

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

Speaking to Sportsbild, as quoted by Soy Motor. Ricciardo said, “I remember how in one of my first races, at Suzuka, I had a short duel with him. It was a little cat and mouse game on the track, and that was completely surreal. I loved every second.

Michael has seven world titles. He is the God of this sport.”

Watch Story: From Serena Williams to Chris Hemsworth: Celebrities Lured by the Glitz and Glamor of Monaco

Daniel thinks Mick got into Formula One on merit

Now in 2021, the Australian driver has got a chance to race against Michael’s son, Mick Schumacher. Many assume that Schumacher Jr has only got onto the grid because of his iconic surname. However, Ricciardo backs Mick by stating that he has reached the pinnacle of motorsport on merit.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Daniel said, “I don’t want anyone to think Mick Schumacher is in F1 just because of his name. Everything I see from him shows me that he has earned his place here with us. He works so hard and I’m impressed with his journey.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

With the summer break now coming to a close, Schumacher would be hoping to step up his game for the second half of the season. The young German had his best finish at the recent Hungarian GP, where he placed twelfth, but it wasn’t good enough to grab any points.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The upcoming race at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix will provide the Haas rookie another opportunity to grab some much-needed points for the team. Do you think Schumacher Jr will seize this chance and take his American-owned team to the next level? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

DIVE DEEPER

WATCH: Ricciardo & Norris Reveal Driver With the Best Fans in F1 Amidst Likes of Hamilton & Verstappen

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arpit Gomes

852 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT