Ricciardo Reveals Hilarious McLaren Predicament During F1 Races

Published 05/13/2021, 9:31 AM EDT
2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (13 September 2018) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus


Formula One is a tiring business and it can be quite draining. Due to the immense loss of body fluid, all drivers know the importance of staying hydrated. However, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo noted another small issue when taking a quick drink. As per his observations, immediately after he takes a drink and he talks, spittle sometimes accumulates on the visor.

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He said, “I had a drink twice during the race. The problem is, I don’t leave the straw in my mouth. Sometimes it flicks and I get the spray inside my visor.

“Even when I’m talking on my radio, I pull the balaclava down, so I can’t have both.”

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Obviously, that can be a bit of an issue for the driver while he is racing. Aside from the fact that it is slightly unhygienic, Ricciardo cannot even get rid of it. Had there been droplets on the outside of the visor, either the wind would have blown it away or Ricciardo could wipe it off. However, since the flecks are inside the visor, he would be forced to wait until the pit stops to crack open the visor and wipe it away.

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Daniel Ricciardo will be hoping for a good run in Monaco

At the Spanish Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished the race in a fine sixth place. In the process, he managed to beat his teammate Lando Norris, who finished eighth. It was also a great points haul for the Woking squad, as it strengthens their championship hopes. Now, Ricciardo is eagerly awaiting the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix next weekend.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

The circuit is a tough one to conquer, and Ricciardo managed to achieve that feat three years ago, driving for Red Bull – something that Max Verstappen has yet to achieve. Now, the Australian driver is heading back to the track in a brand new car and team. While a victory would seem a little farfetched, Daniel Ricciardo could be primed for a great finish.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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