Daniel Ricciardo Joins in on the Red Bull-Mercedes F1 Protest Brigade

Published 11/22/2021, 5:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 11, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The recent Qatar Grand Prix is a race that McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo would like to forget. The Australian had a poor qualifying session that saw him start Sunday’s race in fourteenth place and has the chequered flag brought the race to an end, Ricciardo found himself to be in twelfth.

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Additionally, the McLaren driver joked about protesting so that he could gain a few places. The Formula One community understood that Ricciardo was throwing some shade at Mercedes, and his former team, Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo jokes about using Mercedes and Red Bull tactics after the Qatar GP

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The 32-year-old had a poor race at the Losail International Circuit, the McLaren driver started fourteenth and finished twelfth. However, he was still in a good mood, as he joked about copying Mercedes and Red Bull tactics. The Silver Arrows and the Milton-Keynes-based squad have had countless protests against each other this season, so Ricciardo joked wanting to protest to gain a few places.

After the Qatar Grand Prix, he said, “Seeing if they can give it a polish tonight, hopefully. But yeah, or someone, we can protest someone and gain a position so; they all got in my way so I am going to protest them actually.”

“There was a few cats in the last corner, today. But, anyway didn’t affect my lap, but they tried, and they failed. I know there was one Ferrari that I am not happy with, and I think there was a Williams as well,” Ricciardo concluded.

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Can the Australian redeem himself at Jeddah?

In the last three races, Ricciardo has failed to score a single point. The McLaren driver currently sits in eighth place in the drivers’ championship with 105 points to his name.

The 32-year-old will be hoping to bounce back at the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix next weekend. With just two more races before the season comes to an end, Daniel will be hoping to secure maximum points and have a good finish in the championship in his first year with the Woking-based outfit.

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

What are your predictions for the Australian driver as he prepares to zip around Jeddah? Let us know what you think in the comments 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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