Daniel Ricciardo Reveals the Last Time He Was ‘Really Angry’ Inside His F1 Car

Published 04/30/2021, 8:14 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Daniel Ricciardo is arguably the jolliest personality inside the F1 paddock. While most drivers are somewhat cold and stern-faced, we can always see the Australian with a big, beaming smile across his face. But, owing to his competitive side, there are also moments that anger him when things don’t go his way.

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On the eve of the 2021 Portuguese GP, he was engaging in an interview with Ziggo Sport. Through a fan, they asked him to reveal the last time he was really agitated inside the car. And he made an interesting revelation.

“Really, really angry was probably Bahrain two (Sakhir GP) last year,” Ricciardo replied.

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RICCIARDO Daniel (aus), Renault F1 Team RS20, portrait during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya on February 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As for the reason, he said, “The race didn’t pan out the way it was looking. And then there were some decisions during the race that I was angry with.”

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During the 2020 F1 season’s one-off Sakhir GP, Ricciardo finished in fifth place for Renault. Since they were a mid-field team, this result would have normally left him happy. But it was down to how the events unfolded that day in Bahrain, which frustrated him.

Because of a blunder by the Mercedes pit crew, both George Russell and Valtteri Bottas were out of contention. On lap 55, Ricciardo was running in second place behind Carlos Sainz. But Renault wrongfully pitted him under a short Virtual Safety Car period that demoted him to fifth. The Podium was there for the taking; perhaps even a race win. To pour more salt into his wounds, his teammate Esteban Ocon finished in second place.

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“It’s a pretty sad fifth I’d say. I wasn’t particularly pleased with how the race panned out in terms of strategy, and there were a few calls where I thought we just missed the ball, we were just kind of a step behind,” Ricciardo had said back then.

What aggrieved him further was the fact that Perez won from the last place on the grid after a first-lap incident. Ricciardo had said, “I think Perez was in the pits on Lap 1. Obviously congrats to him, but for everyone else, you can’t let someone win who was in the pits on Lap 1.”

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Hopefully, the lady luck favors him in the future, as well. His last Grand Prix win came around three years ago and he would love to win one with McLaren this season.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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