Daniel Ricciardo Takes a Hilarious Jibe at Valtteri Bottas’ Awkward Scene in Drive to Survive Season 3

Published 03/21/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 smiles at the livery launch of the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Netflix’s Drive to Survive series has just dropped its season three, and safe to say, fans are obsessed. There are quite a few funny moments have developed a fan following of their own, especially one involving Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas. And fellow driver Daniel Ricciardo is a big fan of that particular moment.


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In the third episode, building up to the Russian Grand Prix, Bottas visits a sauna, and the DTS crew follows him. This trip to the sauna led to some rather awkward footage that the Finnish driver would’ve rather kept secret.

But, unfortunately, it made its way into the show, and Ricciardo chose to tease Bottas about it on Twitter.


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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Pole position qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing smiles in the press conference after qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo reacts to seeing Valtteri Bottas in Drive to Survive

The series aims to get up, close and personal with the drivers, but in this case, they perhaps took it too far. When Valtteri is at the sauna, the camera managed to capture him naked.

The McLaren driver took to Twitter to share his thoughts about seeing a naked Bottas on Netflix. Keeping in line with his fun nature, Ricciardo was also quick to give the Mercedes driver a new name on the grid.

The nickname was so good that Bottas’ own team couldn’t help but join in on the fun.

The Australian to partner up with youngster Lando Norris

The 31-year-old is also excited to learn from his young teammate, Lando Norris. While Daniel has spent more time in F1, Norris has been with McLaren far longer than the Australian.

Ricciardo said, “It’s funny. I’m certainly the more experienced in terms of F1. This being my 11th season, but in terms of McLaren, Lando is the more experienced.

For sure, there are some things I can learn from him, particularly within the team itself, the integration into the McLaren family. Every time you have a new teammate. It’s a real opportunity to learn something new, like work ethic or a driving technique, or both.”


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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

The Australian remains optimistic for the upcoming season. He believes with a Mercedes power unit, he has a genuine chance at fighting for the championship.

Much like their new recruit, tThe Woking-based team also remain optimistic for 2021. They finished third last year in the constructors’, and with the talents of Daniel and Lando, they hope to get closer to the dream this year.


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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.