Daniel Ricciardo Sarcastically Responds to ‘Dirty Driver’ Accusations from Carlos Sainz

Published 10/25/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives ahead of the British Grand Prix REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


As the lights went out for the United States Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo had an intense fight with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The two were pushing each other to the limit and even touched wheels.

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This enraged the Spanish driver, who stated that Ricciardo was a “dirty driver” on the team radio. However, instead of firing back at Sainz, Ricciardo took the criticism in a sarcastic manner.

Daniel Ricciardo is fine with Sainz calling him a “dirty driver”

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It is natural to get frustrated with your rival on the grid, especially when they come in contact with you on the track. This time it was Sainz who was annoyed at the Australian and complained about him on the radio.

Sainz said on the team radio, “He got a bit dirty. He did that on purpose guys. Yeah, but he was on purpose.”

Responding to Sainz’s radio rant, the Honey Badger chose to lighten the situation.

As quoted by Motorsport, he said, “That’s cool. I’m happy to be dirty. I’m a nice guy, so being dirty every now and then is alright!”

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The Australian reflects on his race in Austin

The McLaren driver started the race in sixth place and was hoping to gain a few places. However, he only managed to finish fifth, and bag ten points for the Woking-based outfit. Additionally, Daniel reveals how tough it was to push around COTA as the tires didn’t offer a lot of grip.

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He said, “It was definitely tricky, because when you come out of the pits on a new set, you have a little more grip. But if you use it early, then it drops away even quicker. It was a race where you never really felt you could push.”

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

Now, with the US Grand Prix done and dusted, Ricciardo turns his attention to the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, where he aims to have a better finish than the one achieved in Austin.

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What are your predictions for the Australian for the upcoming race? Let us know your thoughts 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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