Daniel Ricciardo With the Most Diplomatic Response In Who Was the Most Fun Team Boss He’s Had in F1

Published 01/17/2021, 10:29 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


If you think of the most humourous personality in F1, Daniel Ricciardo will most likely be the first name on your mind. The Australian driver is as charismatic as he is fast. Other than his late overtakes, he is famous for his practical jokes.

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While this is more a staple of the younger drivers, Ricciardo is the rare one from the older breed. In fact, it is hard to imagine that he will be entering his 11th season now.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 11: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul share a joke 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)

As a veteran of 188 races, he has been juggling between various teams.  So, he has the experience of working under four different team bosses. He entered the grid with Colin Kolles at HRT, Franz Tost at Toro Rosso, Christian Horner at Red Bull, and most recently with Cyril Abiteboul at Renault.

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So, who has been his funniest mate yet? The Aussie gave a rather diplomatic response.

“It depends on what the definition of fun is. There have been some characters, and I genuinely learned from all of them and tried to benefit from their traits as bosses.

“Particularly when you’re young, you need to rely on experienced people. And people who have been in the sport for longer and try to learn their lessons.”

What a shame! We were hoping that it would be Abiteboul, considering the tattoo bet that these two had. It would have cheered up Cyril as well, given that the poor Frenchman is without a job now.

‘Unstubborn nature’ has helped Daniel Ricciardo

He has been going from strength to strength in his F1 career and has never fallen out with his team bosses.

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But what has been the reason behind that?

“I have never really been… I guess I am stubborn in some ways but in terms of learning and wanting to keep developing for myself, I have never been stubborn and that has helped me to learn from these guys,” said Ricciardo.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

The ‘Honey Badger’ can add another feather to his cap, as he will be moving to McLaren next season. There, he will get the chance to work under the highly-rated Andreas Seidl. Hopefully, their partnership can help him finally win the elusive world title.

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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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