WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Demonstrates Steep Banking of Zandvoort With Help of ‘Stroopwafel’

Published 09/03/2021, 5:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA News conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the French grand prix REUTERS/Yves Herman


As the Dutch Grand Prix returns to the racing calendar for the first time since 1985, the F1 fraternity is excited about the upcoming second leg of the triple-header.

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The return of this event also means the return of banking corners in Formula 1. The Zandvoort circuit will feature two banking corners at turn 3 and at turn 14; both are inclined at 18 degrees. Although these corners rarely feature in F1, as they are regarded as too dangerous because of the speed at F1 driver makes a turn.

It’s difficult to identify how steep a corner is while watching it on television. Fortunately, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, in a video, helped the fans out and revealed how inclined the turn 14 of the Zandvoort circuit is with the help of a popular Dutch snack, stroopwafels.

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To demonstrate how steep the Banking corner is, the Australian rolled stroopwafel from the highest part of the corner to the lowest. The waffle quickly picked up the speed, illustrating how inclined the corner is.

In addition, to make sure “nothing is going to waste,” the person standing on the receiving end hilariously picked up the waffle and ate it.

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Daniel Ricciardo credits summer breaks for improved pace

After a long summer break, Formula 1 returned to Spa-Francorchamps last weekend where Daniel Ricciardo secured his season-best fourth position in the qualifying. And because of heavy rainfall, the race got suspended after completing just over 4 laps behind the safety car. As a result, the top 10 drivers were awarded half points.

Meanwhile, after completing fourth and securing six points for his team, Daniel Ricciardo believes he’s found an extra burst of pace with McLaren after the summer break.

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“I think having the break was a good thing, yes! It was a time to just step back and even during the season, even if you got a weekend off, you’re kind of still in it, where the forced shutdown forces you to forget about the sport for a bit and just remove yourself,” said the Honey Badger.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga.

“I was building up to it. Qualifying, Q1 was a bit off, Q2 was a bit better and Q3 was a step again, so you know, I still wouldn’t say I’m maximizing everything, but it was definitely a step in the right direction.”

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Can Daniel Ricciardo display yet another outstanding performance at the Dutch Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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