‘I Thought Papaya Would Look Good On Me’ – Daniel Ricciardo Hilariously Reveals Why He Joined McLaren F1

February 16, 2021 5:36 am

Seeing Daniel Ricciardo in a McLaren suit is the moment that we all have been waiting for. While we are itching to see him behind the wheels of their car, he is present at the McLaren technology center to officially launch their challenger that will drive for the 2021 F1 season.

As one would expect, the charismatic Australian took center stage with his humor and personality. When asked by the interviewer, why he chose to join McLaren over its other competitors, he hilariously revealed –

“I just thought papaya would look good on me; the complexity, the beauty!”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 11: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 smiles at the livery launch of the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Looks like he forgot the actual reason why he joined the Woking outfit. After all, it feels like an eternity since he put pen to paper on the deal, “Feels like a long time ago. I mean the decision was made or let’s say kind of executed around May 2020.”

However, Daniel Ricciardo‘s got his memory back. The upward trajectory that they had undertaken in the past few seasons swayed him. Fueled by the acquisition of Andreas Seidl, they recorded their best finish of the turbo-hybrid era (third).

“I was just very impressed with what the team had done, particularly the last couple of years. Felt like I wanted to be a part of it, and fortunately, the feeling was mutual. And we made it happen,” said Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo became a McLaren fan during Senna’s tenure

It is not the first time that the team made an impression on him. During the 90s when the late great Ayrton Senna was at the behest of the team, he fell in love. Their championship success left an imprint on him.

“As a kid you remember two teams and obviously being an Italian, it was Ferrari, which was a team I remembered and there was McLaren. Obviously, a big fan of Senna as well.”

He attests to his fandom even when he entered F1, “But one of the gifts that I bought myself once I was in F1. And had enough of money to buy a pair of jeans, the first kind of real gift that I got was a McLaren road car.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

We could not be more excited to see the former Red Bull driver achieving great things with them. He is the final piece in their puzzle to return back to their glory days.

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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. His fandom for Formula One began with the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP and he fell in love with NBA after watching Dirk Nowitzki create magic on the basketball court. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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