Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Challenging Lewis Hamilton to a Charity Fight in 2016

Published 05/06/2021, 9:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


McLaren’s racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo, has been an ardent fan of Mixed Martial Arts over the past decade, with his interests extending into other fighting leagues as well. Hence, amid the abundant love for the intense sport, the Australian revealed that he challenged Lewis Hamilton, a fellow boxing fan, to a fight many years ago.

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I asked Lewis Hamilton: Ricciardo

Speaking to The Athletic, Ricciardo revealed that he had invited Hamilton to a charity fight in 2016 after watching the latter “hitting pads” on social media. But much to the Australian’s disappointment, Lewis turned down the offer from the former Red Bull driver.

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To be honest, I actually asked Lewis Hamilton. At the beginning of 2016, he posted a video on his Instagram hitting pads,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

I was as well at the time. So I was like “hey, let’s do a charity fight.” I asked him in person. But he didn’t bite on that one so I was a little sad.

Interestingly, Ricciardo also clarified that he would approach Hamilton again in the future with the same offer. “I might re-ask the question,” he reckoned.

I’d love to do a charity fight: Ricciardo

The Australian revealed why he has been itching to take part in a charity fight, which is also on his to-do list.

I’d love to do a charity boxing match or something just to feel that adrenaline of walking to a ring,” Ricciardo said. “It’s on my to-do list for sure. At school, I had a few little fights but nothing crazy. Nothing I’d brag about here.

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As of now, it looks highly unlikely that Hamilton would give Ricciardo the nod for the fight, as the Briton’s focus has been very much intact in racing.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Moreover, with a record-breaking title within touching distance, Hamilton wouldn’t be keen on getting his hands on other sports for the time being. But of course, there’s always the question of ‘what after retirement?’

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In that case, Ricciardo could finally get his dream accomplished. So, if at all the F1 duo manages to consolidate on a charity fight, who would you be rooting for?

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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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