Daniel Ricciardo Has a Classy Welcome Message for McLaren’s First Female Driver Emma Gilmour

Published 11/04/2021, 4:12 AM EDT
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


F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo recently took to social media to welcome a new member to the McLaren racing family. The Woking-based outfit welcomed New Zealand driver Emma Gilmour to their Extreme E team.

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Gilmour is the first and the only female driver to win the New Zealand rally championship till date. She has also won FIA Women in Motorsport, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation cross-country rally selection in 2015.

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I’m incredibly honored to be McLaren Racing’s first female driver: Gilmour

As reported by GPFans, the New Zealand racer is also the first female racer to represent McLaren in a racing series. Gilmour mentioned that to her, the British team is the pinnacle of motorsport.

“I’m incredibly honored to be McLaren Racing’s first female driver. Growing up in New Zealand, Bruce McLaren and McLaren Racing are seen as the pinnacles of motorsport. To be competing in Extreme E next year with McLaren is a special opportunity.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

McLaren CEO Zak Brown also welcomed Gilmour into the team. “Emma completes our exciting and competitive driver line-up alongside Tanner Foust for our first season of Extreme E.

“She’s a race winner and has proven herself this year in Extreme E alongside a vast background in competitive off-roading in multiple racing series across the globe. It’s fitting that our first female driver originates from New Zealand where our founder Bruce McLaren was from,” said Brown.

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Welcome, Emma. Kia Ora! Hope that’s right: Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo was also excited to welcome the New Zealander to the team. The Australian driver used some native slang to welcome Gilmour to the team.

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” Welcome, Emma. Kia Ora! Hope that’s right😁 “ said Daniel.

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

It would be for Daniel Ricciardo to have someone from his neck of the woods to spend time within the team. Although Australians and New Zealanders are rivals in the sporting world, it is nice to have on the same side for once.

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Let’s hope that Gilmour brings success to the McLaren name in the Extreme E series.

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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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