Schumacher, Alonso & Terminator! Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Moment He Realised He’d Made it to F1

Published 08/21/2021, 7:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Daniel Ricciardo made his Formula 1 debut with HRT in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull academy product replaced Narain Karthikeyan at the Spanish F1 team.

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And after securing seven wins, 31 podiums, and entering almost 200 races, Daniel Ricciardo reveals the moment he realized he’d made it to the pinnacle of motorsport.

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What did Daniel Ricciardo say?

“I think the first race, for sure, like the driver’s parade, I think that’s a big one. Where you, you know a couple of hours before the race, you’re on the truck with all the drivers,” said Daniel Ricciardo.

“So I think just being with all the drivers, and for my first race, there was Schumacher, Alonso, and all these guys I’d watch for so many years. You see, the crowd and all these flags and it’s like, well really, I’m really here. So that was definitely one of them.”

And I think also, one of my early races as well Arnold Schwarzenegger was on the grid and he shook my hands and I was like: ‘Oh boy!’,” added Ricciardo.

Ricciardo wants to be in contention for the 2024 world championship

Daniel Ricciardo, who joined McLaren on a three-year contract this year, wants to be in the “prime spot” for the 2024 world championship title.

Although it is quite evident that the Australian is struggling to find his feet in the new MCL35 car. In addition, Riccardo is overshadowed by his much younger teammate, Lando Norris, so far this season. Currently, the Honey Badger sits at P9 in the driver’s championship, 63 points behind Norris.

However, Ricciardo believes once McLaren’s new wind tunnel is completed and the effects of the budget cap are seen, he will compete for the world championship the following year.

“I understand the team is on a great trajectory, but now there are still a few hurdles in place that will probably stop us, let’s say, fighting for a championship for the next year or two,” said Daniel Ricciardo.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga.

“But it’s a bit of a reality now that the wind tunnel is a pretty big piece of the puzzle. It could be the last piece of the puzzle for the team.”

“I think me, looking at it now, I really look to just to try and keep building on where I am now over the next couple of years with McLaren, then hopefully put myself in a prime spot for that 2024 season.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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