Sick and Tired of Taskmaster Helmut Marko’s Early Morning Calls, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo Found a Sneaky Solution

Published 12/11/2022, 8:20 AM EST

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Daniel Ricciardo is perhaps the most entertaining person on the grid. The jolly Aussie is known for making your jaws ache by making you laugh. His stint with McLaren might not have ended the way he wanted it to, but the Honey Badger is still smiling and not giving up on a return to the grid.

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Ever since Ricciardo left Red Bull for Renault, his career graph has seeped downwards. The Australian and Max Verstappen were one of the best team pairings on the grid. Furthermore, they were also one of the funniest team pairings back then, with Red Bull’s promotional videos often bringing a smile to fans’ faces.

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One such instance was when Max and Daniel were asked in the “Grill the Grid- Truth or Lie” if they had ever ignored their boss’s calls. The pair hesitated before Max finally said, “Yeah, you did that recently I guess.” He further continued, “With Helmut, he always wants to call me at 8 in the morning, but I’m like naah.”

Daniel then revealed a clever way to Max and suggested to pant when Marko calls next time. He then told the Dutchman to tell him, “I’m in the gym”. The pair shared a good laugh before the question changed.

Max and Daniel will be reunited again next season after the Australian signed for Red Bull as their reserve driver.

Daniel Ricciardo plans on enjoying his sabbatical from racing

Ricciardo will hope to find a new start in life and F1 with his return to Red Bull. It is also important for him to keep himself in the loop of what’s happening if he wants to drive an F1 car again. However, the Aussie driver is not worried and plans on enjoying his sabbatical from racing.

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Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 28, 2022 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo

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When asked if he was scared at his current position, Ricciardo told Auto Motor and Sport, “More joy than fear. There’s a bit of fear involved because I’ve been a racer for so long in my life and I’ve never done anything else. On the other hand, I’m incredibly curious about what I’ll do with the time that’s been given to me.” [Translated from Google]

Furthermore, he stated, “Even if it’s just a trip by car. We travel the world but see nothing. I want to discover the world a bit. I want to work on my fitness. It’s up to me to shape this time. I will enjoy this freedom.”

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Do you think the Honey Badger has still some juice left in the tank or do you think his race in Formula 1 has been run?

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.
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