Daniel Ricciardo Thirsty for More Despite Gloomy F1 Future: “That’s the Plan…”

Published 09/23/2022, 10:58 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo might not have an F1 seat for next season, but he is not letting that fact dampen his spirits. The Australian is well known for his shoey celebration on the podiums. Moreover, the 8-time race winner does not want Monza 2021 to be his last shoey.

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Daniel Ricciardo announced earlier this season that his contract with McLaren has been terminated on mutual terms. The Australian was once one of the most feared drivers on the grid. However, with a surprising move to Renault and now McLaren, his career has taken a blow.

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However, the Australian was recently announced as Opta’s Chief of Optimism. In an interview, he explains how he plans on continuing his iconic celebration on the podiums in the future.

When asked if we’ll see another shoey on the podium, Ricciardo replied“That’s the plan, like I definitely don’t want Monza 2021 to be the last shoey.”

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After failing to finish the race in Monza this year, the Australian will be looking to prove his worth in Singapore. The Singapore GP returns to the F1 calendar after a break of 2 years.

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Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo drives Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR around the circuit REUTERS/Mike Blake

Journalist Adam Stern reported, “Daniel Ricciardo is aware of Project 91 and he knows that there’s interest on our side. But I think he’s figuring out what his F1 deal is.”

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Project 91 is an initiative by Trackhouse Racing that looks to lure more International F1 drivers to the American racing circuit. Recently, Kimi Raikkonen became the first driver to drive the No. 91 car at the Watkins Glen International circuit.

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Daniel Ricciardo is tipped to take the Mercedes reserve driver role. However, he’ll be looking to get an F1 seat to stay more competitive in the game. With Haas, Alpine, and Williams all looking for a driver, it will be interesting to see if anyone approaches the Aussie driver.

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.

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