Daniel Ricciardo Reveals His Ultimate Dream Before Leaving F1

Published 11/19/2021, 5:40 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

McLaren driver and multiple Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo is nicknamed “The Honey Badger”. He has carried the picture of a honey badger on his helmet for a long time. The Aussie believes that he shares some qualities of a honey badger, thus carrying the name since his days in Toro Rosso.

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Ricciardo recently talked about his “spirit animal” in an interview before the Qatar Grand Prix when a journalist told him that “honey badger is indigenous to this part of the world”. The Aussie went on to express his dream which he wants to fulfill before leaving Formula One.

Walking into the paddock with a honey badger

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Daniel Ricciardo has a dream of walking into a paddock with a honey badger on a leash. In a video shared by Formula1 , the Mclaren star can be heard saying that “it would be the coolest thing in the world.” 

Responding to the question posed by the journalist about whether he was aware that honey badgers are indigenous to that part of the world, Ricciardo replied, “I’m gonna say yes because of course, I know everything about my spirit animal.”

He went on telling what he always dreamt of, “My dream is to walk into the paddock once with a honey badger on a leash, as if it’s my pet.” The Aussie believes it would be the coolest thing in the world to him. Daniel further said that if anyone who owns or pets a honey badger could come in and help him, that would be appreciated.

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Why is the honey badger his spirit animal?

Daniel Ricciardo firmly believes that he shares the same qualities as that of the honey badger. Back in 2014, when he was asked about the relevance of the honey badger on his helmet, he was quick to respond. “It’s supposed to be the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom,” said Daniel.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake

“When you look at it, he seems quite cute and cuddly, but as soon as someone crosses his territory in a way he doesn’t like, he turns into a bit of a savage and he’ll go after anything – tigers, pythons – he turns very quickly, but he’s a good guy,” said the eight Grand Prix winner.

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This year during the Austin GP, Daniel released a helmet in honor of his childhood hero and NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. It had honey badger written on the back of it next to Mclaren service plus.

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Tell us what do think of this cool helmet.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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