McLaren F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo Lists His Favorite Activities That Help Him Unwind

Published 04/03/2021, 6:10 AM 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


Being a Formula 1 racer is undoubtedly one of the toughest jobs. The demands of the sport can take a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of the drivers, which makes it vital for them to take time off for themselves and unwind. This helps them recharge their batteries, take care of their health, and come back into the zone again for some more grueling yet fun racing. McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has opened up on how he prefers to unwind and disconnect from his job when time permits.

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The man from down under revealed his go to activity to take his mind off F1. He said, “In normal times, I love going to see some music, to see a live concert. That’s a nice way to enjoy seeing someone else in their element and a way to really switch off.”

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But that’s not the only activity Ricciardo likes to do. Being an outdoors kind of person, the new McLaren recruit listed some other fun stuff as well.

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The Australian said, “I love being outdoors, so mountain biking, or anything with bikes I enjoy. But even hiking, just getting into a bit of nature.

“The chaos of Formula 1, I love the pace. But it is really nice to go somewhere and switch off.”

However, in a season where the pandemic is still rampant and the drivers have to adhere to strict safety measure, it’s unlikely that Daniel will be able to do most of his fun outdoor activities.

SCARPERIA, ITALY. Daniel Ricciardo of Australia looks on. F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Not to forget, this season of 23 races will also be the longest in the history of F1; so drivers may not get a lot of downtime. Therefore, Ricciardo may have to find other ways to unwind. But the man from down under would most probably have got that base covered considering the previous season was similar to this one.

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On the racing side of things, Ricciardo got his chapter with McLaren off to a good start. A P7 finish in Bahrain was solid, but he will want to close the gap to teammate Lando Norris in Imola.

A podium bet with McLaren CEO Zak Brown could serve as a major motivation. But only time will tell if Ricciardo can match or even surpass his younger teammate in the second race.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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