WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo’s Post-Race Radio Sums Up the Farce F1 Created in Abu Dhabi

Published 12/13/2021, 11:48 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool


The title decider in the desert will live long in the memory of the people who watched it. Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the race to win the world championship. McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo had front row seats for the battle as he was right behind them on the track.

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Ricciardo was a lap down but was not allowed to unlap himself during the safety car. It seemed like the Aussie driver was just as confused as the rest of us about what was going on. At the end of the race, Daniel came on the radio to mention that he was happy that he was not involved.

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Cheers guys. I’m glad I’m not a part of that whatever this happened. It seemed pretty f****ed up. Thank you guys for the season.” said Ricciardo on his radio.

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At the end, it was kind of weird: Daniel Ricciardo

As reported by Fox Sports. co.au, the McLaren driver was befuddled about the situation and called the whole scenario weird. Ricciardo was one of the drivers who lost out during the safety car as he was not allowed to pass Hamilton and Verstappen.

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Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake

“At the end, it was kind of weird. They said cars can’t pass, the lapped cars, then some of them did, but then I wasn’t allowed to. We did a one-lap restart. I’m sitting right behind Lewis and Max, like, why am I here? I don’t know. It was very interesting.” said Daniel.

In the end, Ricciardo mentioned both drivers deserved the title. “I said before the weekend, there’s no loser. They’ve both done everything possible … but of course, for Lewis to lose it on the last lap, that’s a tough one today.” said the Honey Badger.

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Hopefully, the FIA will give an explanation regarding the situation soon. F1 fans and drivers would hope that such scenarios are avoided in the future, least of all in championship-deciding races.

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Devang Chauhan

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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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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