“I Am an Idiot” – Daniel Ricciardo Demands Attention in a Daring Southern American Outfit at COTA

Published 10/25/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Mike Blake


Max Verstappen won the United States Grand Prix, but it was former Red Bull teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who stole the show with his Texas outfit and accent over the weekend.

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While all the other drivers were in their team kits as they drove around the bus, the Australian was wearing a jersey with a cowboy hat and boots. Ricciardo turned things up a notch by answering the questions with a Texan accent.

Daniel Ricciardo shows his American side at the US Grand Prix

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The eight-time Grand Prix winner is known for his personality around the F1 paddock. This time in Austin, he turned up with an eye-catching outfit and an accent that was loved by the F1 community.

Being asked about his outfit before the race, Ricciardo replied, “Absolutely, hell the crowd.”

He soon broke character, and said, “I’ll see if I got it.”

He got back into character and said, “The crowd today is absolutely phenomenal. We have been here only for a few hours, and boy, they are in the full flood of joy and glory, and boy, I can’t wait till the green lights go out.”

He couldn’t hold back the laughter and said, “I am an idiot.”

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Where did the Australian finish at the COTA?

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The McLaren driver started the race in sixth place, aiming to secure good points for the Woking-based team. As the checkered flag brought the race to a close, Ricciardo found himself in fifth place, earning ten points in the process.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake

Up next is the Mexican Grand Prix, where the Australian will hope to bring better results, and more points for his papaya team. With five races remaining till the end of the season, Daniel hopes to make the most out of it and aims to end his first season with McLaren on a high.

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What were your thoughts on Daniel’s race, as he zipped around the Circuit of the Americas? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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