HEARTENING: Daniel Ricciardo Finds Joy in Lando Norris’ Podium Celebrations for Mclaren F1

Published 07/05/2021, 6:45 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


Despite enduring a tough time prior to the Austrian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo made a strong recovery to take P7 in yesterday’s race. While the Australian scored decent points for McLaren, his teammate Lando Norris drew the biggest cheers from the team at the finish line.

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The Briton made it to the podium for the third time this season, continuing his impressive run of points. With the weekend done and dusted, Ricciardo put out a tweet of the team after the race.

Daniel Ricciardo displays McLaren team spirit on Twitter

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The Honey Badger looked set to endure another difficult weekend after qualifying P13 for the Austrian Grand Prix. In addition, the bar set by his teammate Norris seemed too high for the Australian to reach on Sunday.

However, Ricciardo put on an overtaking show in yesterday’s 71-lap race to storm his way to P7. In fact, he missed out on taking P6 from Sergio Perez by a mere margin of two seconds. While his result was music to McLaren‘s ears, Norris’ impressive podium finish sent the garage into a frenzy of celebration.

Three days after his team celebrated his 32nd birthday in the paddock, the Australian retweeted the team’s celebrations with the caption, “Love seeing this.

With McLaren garnering 21 points from the weekend, they strengthened their grip on third place in the constructor’s championship.

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Can Ricciardo claim a podium with McLaren this season?

At the Austrian Grand Prix, McLaren’s pace clearly indicated their credentials to take more podiums this season. However, Norris is the lone driver bringing consistent points for the Woking outfit. Since joining McLaren, Ricciardo has been outshined by Norris in every race, with the Briton remaining the only driver to score points in every race this year.

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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)

However, there are 14 races left to go this season, with the next one in Silverstone. Ricciardo made his debut at this track in 2011, and will hope to make another memory in two weeks’ time. In addition, the Australian has taken a podium in five of the remaining 14 race tracks.

The Honey Badger will hope to bank on his experience and McLaren’s pace to find his rhythm again, and help McLaren clinch third in the constructor’s championship for a second successive season.

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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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