WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Lands an Impossible Half Court Basketball Shot

Published 01/04/2021, 3:32 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo is gearing up for his English season at McLaren. Lining up beside him is Lando Norris, making them one of the most favored duos for 2021. The Australian spent two summers with the French and gifted them with a handful of memories this season. Now, he will try his luck with the Woking-based outfit.

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After a 17-race season packed with three triple-headers, a break is necessary. With rumors about a 23-round championship going around, Ricciardo would need a break to ensure he’s at the zenith of his potential once the season starts.

While he has previously visited New Zealand and Perth to take his break, he has chosen Phoenix, USA, this time. He is currently enjoying his trip to the southwest, engaging himself in activities such as basketball.

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The clip posted on his Instagram page captioned, “Half court money” has the Aussie aiming for a half-court basket. Helped by his splendid stance and mind-blowing delivery, he aced it. The Phoenix Suns might as well keep him as a sub for their NBA nights.

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Ricciardo has been sensational in 2020. Although he and Renault started off on the wrong foot, they soon picked up pace. The engineers and the pilots quickly picked up the behavior of the car and even chalked out better strategies. As a result, P5 was a good hint to a better season in 2021.

Back at the McLaren base, team principal Zak Brown is excited to have Daniel finally join his team. The switch that could have happened two years ago has finally reached fruition. Brown is so overwhelmed with Ricciardo’s presence that he can’t wait to work with him.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo cycles around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Daniel Ricciardo also seems excited about his future with McLaren. However, given the way Daniel looked at his car for the last time in Abu Dhabi, he will surely feel strongly when he sees Alonso in it next season. Nonetheless, with such a loving team and co-pilot at McLaren, he will soon move on and ahead of his French feelings.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have always gotten along well with each other. With Ricciardo having significantly improved his form in the 2020 season, racking up two podiums and multiple P4 finishes, he can very well serve as a mentor to the young Briton for his future in F1.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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