“Hot Fudge!” – Daniel Ricciardo Hilariously Defends Himself After Sweary Radio Message was Left Uncensored

Published 08/01/2021, 7:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


Daniel Ricciardo had a rollercoaster start to his season with his new team. The McLaren driver has so far has been out-performed by his much younger teammate Lando Norris, who is the only driver this season to score points at every race weekend.

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Although after qualifying at P7 at Silverstone and finishing the race two places ahead, it hinted that the Australian struggles are finally paying off. Unfortunately, his qualifying woes continue at the Hungarian GP. The Honey Badger qualified at P11, crashing out of Q3 by just 0.077 seconds. Surprisingly, he was around half a second behind his teammate, Lando Norris who finished P6.

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Although when his race engineer informed him that he failed to reach the Q2, Daniel Ricciardo was left frustrated after failing to make it into Q2 for the sixth time this season and said: “Okay, Alright, F**k”.

However, during the broadcast of the qualifying by mistake, it was left uncensored and after the race, Daniel Ricciardo hilariously defends himself. The Australian said: “Oh, really? I think I said fudge. Hot fudge!”

Daniel Ricciardo disappointed after missing out on Q3

Despite Daniel Ricciardo’s personal best in the middle segment at the Hungaroring during his last lap was not plentiful to get him through to the Q3. After the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel’s late improvement pushed the Australian to P11, missing out on a spot in Q3 by just 0.077s.

“It was close to get into Q3 but [what’s frustrating] was probably more that the lap felt alright. At least with what I could feel, it felt like pretty much all I could do,” said Daniel Ricciardo who failed to qualify into Q3 for the consecutively fourth time at Budapest.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga.

“A couple of bits here and there, but I felt like the lap was decent, and when it feels alright and you still don’t get into Q3, that’s what’s obviously a bit painful.”

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Currently, Daniel Ricciardo sits at P7 in the driver’s championship, 63 points behind his teammate, Lando Norris.

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Can Daniel Ricciardo cover his lost ground and finish in the top 10 for the Woking-based team at the Hungarian Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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