WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Gleefully Cleans Senna’s Historic McLaren F1 Car

Published 07/12/2021, 9:36 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

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021 took place in Londo last weekend. The theme of the festival being’ Motorsport Maestros’, saw the return of many iconic liveries. McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo got the chance to drive his hero Ayrton Senna’s 1990 McLaren at the festival. The Australian driver joined the Woking-based team this season from Renault.


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Ricciardo described the opportunity as a surreal experience driving Ayrton Senna’s car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Aussie driver got emotional when he got to drive the 1990 McLaren MP4-5B.

In a recently released video, we can see Ricciardo cleaning Senna’s 1990 McLaren at the Goodwood Festival.


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As a kid, I would have done anything to send next to this car: Daniel Ricciardo

The McLaren driver was brimming with excitement as he got the opportunity to drive his first old McLaren car. He also mentioned it was his childhood dream to drive one of late Ayrton Senna‘s cars.

“It’s dirty.” said the driver nicknamed ‘Honey badger’ while cleaning the 1990 McLaren MP4-5B.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

As a kid, I would have done anything to stand next to this car, let touch drive it, let alone drive it. So I’m happy cleaning this like I’ll clean it all day,” said Ricciardo.


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As reported by GPfans, Daniel Ricciardo after driving the Mclaren MP4-5B pointed out some differences.

These days we don’t see…I can see the bottom of the tire here. I can see everything around me and in the current cars, we don’t even see the nose. We’re looking so far ahead.

Just everything of the whole driving experience is different, but it’s really cool. I expected it to be heavier but I could happily go on a Sunday drive in this.” said Ricciardo.


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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.