Daniel Ricciardo Urges F1 Promoters to Take Notes After Experiencing the Hype at the Dutch GP

Published 09/05/2021, 7:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA News conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the French grand prix REUTERS/Yves Herman


Formula One weekends are known for the hype that they bring to the paddock. However, at the Dutch GP this weekend at Zandvoort, things were taken to next level. Daniel Ricciardo has hoped that the promoters can bring such an atmosphere to other circuits as well.

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At Zandvoort, there wasn’t just a crowd supporting their countrymen, Max Verstappen, but also DJ that build up the environment. Ricciardo is excited about seeing this and hopes to see such similar atmospheres at other venues.

Daniel Ricciardo urges F1 promoters to take notes after seeing the hype at Zandvoort

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The Australian is well known for his personality and the excitement he brings to the grid. So it is no surprise seeing the hype in the Netherlands has got him buzzing, and hopes to see such hype at other race weekends.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport at the Dutch GP, Daniel said, “The crowd has been awesome. So this has been fun. I think honestly the promoters around other circuits should learn from this, you know with the DJs creating a festival atmosphere. It is really cool.”

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

“And I am happy for that, and I am not just blowing smoke, it’s really cool. I am happy to be here,” Ricciardo concluded.

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How is Ricciardo set for the Dutch GP?

The McLaren driver was hoping to have a better qualifying session on Saturday but only managed to come on tenth on the timesheet. Ricciardo finished the Belgian GP in fourth place, and hopes to bring a similar if not better one this time at Zandvoort.

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The 32-year-old driver knows the challenges he will have to overcome to gain positions around the Dutch track but is optimistic about securing a good position for the Woking-based outfit.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Where do you think will Ricciardo see the chequered flag from? Will it be better than a tenth-place finish? Let us know what you think in the comments section 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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