“Nurburgring on Steroids” – McLaren Boss Shoots Down Daniel Ricciardo’s Artistic Creation

Published 09/22/2021, 10:56 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


The McLaren team has had a two-week celebration of their results in Monza. As the team seems visibly closer after a well-earned 1-2 finish, Daniel Ricciardo accompanied his teammate for an artistic challenge off the track. For a video for Sky Sports, the duo attempted to draw to prompts – giving the viewers some hilarious content.

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With some markers and a whiteboard in hand, the two drivers tried their best to draw. From superheroes to trophies, the battle was getting tight as they reached the prompt: the ultimate circuit. Lando Norris amalgamated Spa, Silverstone, and Monaco, while Daniel attempted something more abstract.

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The squiggles on the Aussie’s whiteboard had no real explanation except “Nurburgring on steroids.” Zak Brown explained the Ricciardo Raceway better than its designer could.

All in good fun, the McLaren duo’s combined jocosity made the video an enjoyable one.

McLaren pumped for Sochi

The unexpected win at Monza resulted in a jubilant Papaya team. A lot of milestones for the team- Ricciardo’s first win since 2018, first win with the team, Norris’s first P2, McLaren’s first win since 2012, and the season’s first 1-2 finish. A lot of achievements at McLaren. However, now they head to Sochi.

Ricciardo said, “It’s great to have a result that completes that picture, and to have the team back in the winner’s circle has been a ride and I’ve only been a part of it for six months. It’s been the boost we all needed.”

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Now, with a boost in their pockets, will the team be able to replicate their Monza performance? Ricciardo is ready to take on Sochi. “I’ve definitely taken time to enjoy the moment, but now it’s time to focus on Russia. I want to build on my Monza performance this weekend and will be pushing to score important points to keep up the fight with our competitors.”

His teammate Norris shares the feeling. McLaren reclaimed their P3 position ahead of Ferrari but wish to sit there more comfortably. Determined, Norris said, “We’re not getting carried away as we know it won’t be like this every weekend. We need to continue to put ourselves in the best position possible and maximize the car, pit-stops, strategy, and everything in between.”

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As McLaren aims to keep up their momentum, the next few races will be crucial for the team and their position in the championship. Points aside, everyone loved the orange podium at Monza, and it’s a sight we wish to see again.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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