WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Reveals McLaren Boss Zak Brown’s Secret Nickname

Published 04/18/2021, 6:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Zak Brown is the man leading McLaren on the Formula One gird and is a generally lovable character to have around the paddock. In fact, the team also has a nickname for their boss, as revealed by Daniel Ricciardo.


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Brown led the Woking-based team to third place last season. Now, with an experienced driver in Ricciardo and the fast-evolving talents of Lando Norris, they believe they can chase the title.

In the current 2021 season, the team currently sits in P3 in the standings behind Red Bull and Mercedes. They hope to have a good result in Italy and get more points for the championship.


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Daniel Ricciardo reveals the nickname that they have kept for their boss

In a YouTube video posted by McLaren, the Australian driver went undercover to reply to messages from fans. In one of his answers, he revealed the team’s nickname for Brown.

Zak is known as ‘Uncle Buck’ in and around McLaren’s paddock. Uncle Buck was a movie character in the 80s and the name stuck as both share some similar looks.

In response to a message from a fan saying Zak looks like uncle Buck, Ricciardo said“Little did you know, some of us call him, Uncle Buck“.

He further added, “Anyone who was not born in post-2000s should know who Uncle Buck is.”

Ricciardo starts from P6 for the race at Imola

The Australian will enter his second race with McLaren this season at Imola. During Saturday’s qualifying session, he achieved the sixth fastest lap and will be placed alongside his teammate Lando Norris.

The last time the HoneyBadger was at Imola, he achieved a podium by finishing P3. He will look to replicate a similar result as he prepares for the second round of the championship.


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Ricciardo will be hoping to extract the most out of the car and gain some positions as the race progresses.

We are just hours away from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Where do you think the HoneyBadger will finish in Sunday’s race? Let us know in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.



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