“Racing Sucks Sometimes” – Daniel Ricciardo Vows to Overturn McLaren F1 Form ‘Till the Wheels Come Off’

Published 06/28/2021, 8:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Daniel Ricciardo seemed to have found his groove back at the Styrian Grand Prix, clocking the second-fastest time in FP2. However, things quickly fell apart in the qualifying rounds themselves, as he managed to secure a lowly P13 start for himself.

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And, on race-day things went from bad to worse for the Australian; he didn’t improve and thus crossed the line in P13 due to a power unit issue.

After the race, Ricciardo took to Instagram to show that he is optimistic and looking forward to bouncing back.

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Daniel Ricciardo remains optimistic after disastrous Styrian Grand Prix

The 31-year-old wrote, “One of those days, started well, we were in a good position and then had an issue. Racing. Sucks sometimes. Been here many times before. We will come back. Till the wheels fall off! FEA.”

Ricciardo will certainly look forward to the upcoming race at the same venue in a week’s time. He will learn from his mistakes and will aim to bring a better result for himself and his Woking-based team.

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The Australian opens up about what went wrong at the Red Bull Ring

Things went south for Daniel from qualifying itself. He qualified in P13, and even though he gained some places, that happiness was short-lived. He suffered a power unit issue, which saw him finish in the same place he started the Grand Prix.

As quoted by Autosport, the McLaren driver said, “It was disheartening because I had such a great start and obviously on a preferred strategy with the medium. I felt like the cars ahead would have struggled on the soft, and we were in a really good position.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“So it was all there ahead of us. And then I lost power, I think I felt it out of turn one. And then I got some switches and we were able to able to recover it, by I think turn seven or turn eight.

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“But everyone I passed on lap one I did wave back past me. So then you’re in the train, and that’s it, afternoon done,” the Australian concluded.

The seven-time Grand Prix winner is yet to make an impact with the Papaya team this season, as his best finish is P6. Ricciardo is certainly counting the days to the next race and is hoping to redeem himself in round two at the Red Bull Ring.

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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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