How Daniel Ricciardo’s Competitive Fire Landed Him in Hot Water With His Father

Published 04/25/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Recently, Formula One posted a video where they asked drivers about the first time they ever got into trouble. McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo had a very interesting answer to that question. The Australian driver confessed that his overly competitive spirit often landed him in trouble.

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He said, “So I’ve always been a competitor, like since I was a kid. It doesn’t mean on the race track. I hated losing anything. So I was playing tennis with my cousin. I don’t know if he beat me, I think he got a really good point on me, and I was furious. So I walked up to the net and I smashed the ball at him from point-blank range.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Obviously, his cousin cried, and Ricciardo’s father was not at all amused at his son’s antics. According to the McLaren driver, Joe Ricciardo gave him a good ‘clip across the ear’. Needless to say, he taught the young hothead a good lesson.

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Daniel Ricciardo has since grown up and has calmed down a lot

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Of course, the 31-year-old was in the throes of a red mist moment on that day. Nevertheless, it is no excuse for him to just lash out like that and his father’s reaction was probably justified. In addition to that, Daniel Ricciardo has grown up and matured a lot since then.

Several years down the line, he is a 7-time race winner and has multiple podiums to his name. After making his F1 debut with HRT in 2011, he moved to Toro Rosso in the following season. After a two-year stint, he earned a promotion to the main Red Bull team where he would earn 7 wins and 31 podiums.

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However, he elected to jump ship to Renault in 2019, but left after the 2020 season. Now for the 2021 Formula One season, he has moved to McLaren and is partnering Lando Norris. Together, the two are trying their hardest to bring McLaren back to its glory days.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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