“Didn’t Think It Was Sh*t”: Ricciardo Clarifies Misunderstood Comments During F1 2022 Car Launch

Published 07/15/2021, 1:59 PM EDT
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


Earlier today, Formula One launched the first look of the new era. While the new design drew widespread response, Daniel Ricciardo gave his own opinions on the 2022 F1 car.

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However, before he could do that, he needed to clarify a few comments he made during the countdown to the big reveal.

Daniel Ricciardo clarifies he has no issues with the new F1 car for 2022

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With fans across the world waiting for the big reveal, F1 unveiled its design for its cars from the 2022 season. Along with broadcasting the reveal on Facebook and YouTube, all 20 drivers lines up around the new design at Silverstone.

During the countdown, one microphone caught Ricciardo saying, “Yeah, no it’s terrible. It’s sh*t, it’s worse.” While many suspected the Australian aimed those comments towards the new car, he cleared the air at the press conference ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

He said“I will clarify that I definitely didn’t think it was sh*t. I was actually quite okay with it and I think I mentioned something about liking the rear. Anyway there is no negativity around the new car here.”

In addition, the Honey Badger admitted he might have had a problem with the paint scheme, and not the car itself. “To be honest I do not recall saying anything like that because I actually thought it was pretty cool. I wouldn’t have been that aggressive to it, maybe it was the paint scheme, but I wouldn’t have said that about it [the car].”

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Although much was made of his comments, the 32-year-old managed to add humor to the whole situation. He joked by saying he would never swear when he is around his McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

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He said, “I’m actually curious now. Was I standing next to Lando? I don’t swear around Lando because he is still quite young. You have got me there.”

With the Australian clarifying his stance on the car for the new era, he turns his attention to the race weekend at Silverstone. While he garnered decent points during the triple header, he will hope to keep the momentum going at the birthplace of F1.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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