‘There Was A Bit of Panic’ – Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Becoming Paranoid over Coronavirus

December 10, 2020 4:51 pm

2020 is a year that has become synonymous with the deadly pandemic named coronavirus. F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has now revealed that he had a COVID scare, following an inconclusive test result after the race weekend at Mugello.

Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez have been the only drivers to have tested positive for coronavirus so far. Because of that, they have also missed race weekends requiring them to complete self-isolation periods.

Ricciardo is quoted by Planet F1 as saying, “[Well] it wasn’t a false positive, [it was] inconclusive. Still scared me though! Then trying to figure out, okay we’ve got to get tested again, and there was a bit of panic and that wasn’t fun.”

Daniel Ricciardo has said that he has become more disciplined with safety measures over time

“Obviously, I was fine in the end but that obviously was something I hadn’t gone through before and then you start playing games in your head like ‘do I feel a little..’ and ‘maybe I do have it and just’, but that was a bit of panic one morning.”

Formula 1 has done its best in terms of arrangements and safety measures to keep the competition running. Regardless, Ricciardo has said that the test result quite surprised him. Given that he had taken utmost care and was very careful, the result was even more shocking.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Renault driver said, “As the season went on I became more and more disciplined with isolating or just taking care of myself, especially after Checo got it and I was like ‘Okay so this isn’t a joke’.

“I was being very careful so I was quite surprised [by the result of the test]. Obviously, in the end, I didn’t have it but I was scratching my head,” concluded Ricciardo.

Ricciardo will turn out for Renault for the final time at the Abu Dhabi GP

The 2020 season finale race will be the last time the 31-year-old Australian drives for Renault. Following the end of the season, he will move to McLaren F1 on a multi-year deal.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice Miguel Medina/Pool via REUTERS

It has been a fruitful year for Ricciardo, and he would want to bow out on a high-flying note. In doing so, he might also help Renault reach their desired target of P4.

Bhargav Gopal

Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune. Bhargav is quite a genius in his field, having won the All-India Marketing Case Study Competition 2015. He also loves to combine his love for marketing and sports by taking part in competitions like Knockout: Sports Marketing Case Study by IIM Ahmedabad.

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