‘It’s Not Going to Be a Comedy Show’ – Daniel Ricciardo’s Serious Message to McLaren Fans

Published 01/27/2021, 5:12 AM EST
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


When the world came to know that Daniel Ricciardo was going to team-up alongside Lando Norris at McLaren, the first impressions were that the two were going to ignite a laugh-riot. The two are currently one of the most hilarious drivers on the F1 grid.

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Hence, people claimed that the pairing was going to be incredible, with both the drivers possessing cheeky personalities. However, it looks like things are not falling in favor of the expectations set by the fans.

The Honey Badger was pretty vocal about what the fans can expect from the duo of McLaren drivers over the upcoming F1 season.

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What did Ricciardo say?

Speaking to SkySport, Ricciardo clarified that he is going to the British team “for business” and not for entertaining the fans with “comedy shows.

It’s something I want to reiterate to everyone watching and every fan of McLaren in particular,” he said. “It’s not going to be a comedy show.

I’m going there for business, I’m going there to improve the car.”

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Prior to Ricciardo, McLaren had two contrasting drivers, Norris and Sainz. However, despite the differing characters, the two hit it off and generated massive amounts of laughable moments in a span of two years.

Now, the fans have rested similar faith over Ricciardo, who is all set to replace the now Ferrari driver, Sainz. Of course, it is impossible to witness the two drivers compete in the sport with serious intentions. However, it looks Ricciardo is just dragging his cheekiness down a notch.

My personality won’t change: Daniel Ricciardo

Although the Australian mentioned that he won’t be delivering the fans with comedy shows, he clarified that he won’t be changing his personality entirely. Hence, it is quite realistic that the fans can continue to witness Ricciardo sporting that classic wide smile on his face.

My personality won’t change, so I think I do enjoy doing what I do,” he said. “But I’m certainly not going there to be this meme power couple or whatever it’s described as these days!

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

From a racing perspective, McLaren fans are in for a treat over the upcoming F1 season. Both the drivers are in their prime, with Ricciardo coming from a season where he scored two podiums.

Hence, it wouldn’t be much of a shock if McLaren manages to retain their P3 from last season. But will they? Well, let’s wait and find out.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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