Daniel Ricciardo Reveals He Once Lost 4 Kgs Because of an F1 Race

Published 07/21/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
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


There is a false assumption about the sport of F1 – it is an easy sport and all about the car. However, it is quite the opposite as all the drivers on the grid go through intense training to get the best result on track. Recently, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo gave some insights into the sport and explained how physically intense being behind an F1 car really is.

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The Australian driver explained the amount of weight loss he had in a single Grand Prix as he zipped around the track.

Daniel Ricciardo dives deep into the physicality of Formula One

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Talking to BBC about the physical side of the sport, the Aussie said, “It is, it is and they are the hardest races. I think the most I have lost in a race is close to four kilos.

“So, it’s a lot, I think physically, the hardest thing is the G-forces that we go through and all the load on our body. That’s where it is really fatiguing over the course of the race.

“And I mean we are doing like, pulling like 5Gs, multiple times probably through the course of a lap. And there is sixty laps in a race call it, so it is a lot of load.

However, it’s not a difficult sport just when you’re participating in it; the break that drivers get from F1 also makes things difficult.

“We don’t drive that often, and our off-season, we won’t sit in Formula One car for more than two months. It is so hard to condition your body, without actually doing the act. So it is a challenging sport to get it fit for, cause we just can’t do it often enough,” Ricciardo concluded.

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How did the Aussie perform in Silverstone?

The 32-year-old started the British Grand Prix in P6, as he was the sixth-fastest in the inaugural sprint qualifying on Saturday. He had been struggling with performance in recent races, so Ricciardo was determined to achieve better results for the Woking-based team.

And, as fate would have had it, he came home fifth and brought home ten points for McLaren. Now, with some confidence restored in the seven-time Grand Prix winner, the Honey Badger will look forward to the Hungarian GP and will hope to replicate a similar result.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Currently, Ricciardo sits in eighth place in the drivers’ championship with just 50 points. Hence, he is eyeing the race at Hungaroring to seize some points for the drivers’ championship as well the constructors’.

Do you think Ricciardo will bring a similar, if not better, result in Hungary? Or was Britain a one-off show of pace from the Aussie? Let us know your predictions for the McLaren driver 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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