Daniel Ricciardo Sticks by Choice To Leave Renault: ‘You Can’t Live Like That’

Published 02/12/2021, 6:47 AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 smiles before the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


It will be fireworks at McLaren next season as the flamboyant Daniel Ricciardo will race for them. The Australian is developing a knack for switching teams, after moving to Renault just a couple of seasons ago and then leaving them just after a season last year in July.

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However, since he decided to turn his back on the French outfit, they have had an upturn in performance. They closed the 2020 season on a high note, which culminated in a few Podiums.

This has led many to question whether or not the Australian has made the correct decision.

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SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 17: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after qualifying in second position during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 17, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ricciardo isn’t the one to look back and regret and points out to Red Bull to highlight how quickly things can change in F1.

“I came to Red Bull the year after they’d won four straight championships with Seb, but the rules changed for 2014 and all of a sudden Mercedes was dominating,” he said.

“And sure, Renault started to come good the longer I was there, and we were arguably our strongest in my time there right at the end of last year. But you can’t live like that,” he added.

Daniel Ricciardo looking at the bright side despite misfortune

So far in his career, lady luck hasn’t particularly done Ricciardo any favors. Things went downhill at Red Bull as soon as he joined them. They never truly contended for a title while Renault flattered to deceive.

Despite all of that, the cheerful Australian prefers to look at the glass half full.

“I’ve never sung the ‘woe is me’ sad song, that I was in the right places but never at the right time. If I never raced another race and this was it, then I’d still look back at it and say that I’d won races, I’d won at Monaco, I’d had success over a long time.

You can’t get caught up in playing those games in your mind.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

This is a testament to his positive outlook on life. While he longs for a world championship, he knows that it isn’t the end of the world if he doesn’t win it.

He is patiently waiting for his moment to arrive and we all sincerely hope that one day, he gets to lift the trophy that he deserves.

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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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