WATCH: Ricciardo Savagely Mocks McLaren F1 Teammate Norris With NSFW Dig During Hungary Test Event

Published 08/03/2021, 9:35 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


The joker of the grid, Daniel Ricciardo, acts “real mature” in a recent Instagram post; the driver takes advantage of an empty pit board. Using a double innuendo, the driver gives his teammate a 15-second penalty from the stands. After a devastating race for the McLaren drivers at Hungary, Ricciardo looked to provide comedic relief on his Instagram.

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The Aussie giggled uncontrollably as he held up a board reading ‘PEN15’ as Norris drove by. Ironically, Ricciardo posted his video moments after McLaren posted their own video decoding the meaning behind the pit board.

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The two drivers didn’t have a desirable weekend in Hungary. The T1 incident affected both drivers, with Bottas colliding with Norris and Leclerc running into Ricciardo.

Ricciardo and Norris- a bromance in the making?

Daniel and Lando have had their own iconic “bromances” on the grid. Daniel and Max are good friends, both on and off the track. The former teammates spent a lot of time together at Red Bull and grew extremely close. Daniel’s predecessor, Carlos Sainz, was also best friends with Lando. The two drivers were inseparable off-track and were often spotted playing golf together.

While ‘Carlando’ and ‘Maxiel’ still exist, Ricciardo and Norris may have finally started getting along. The two didn’t instantly click when Daniel arrived at McLaren. While laughs with Ricciardo are a given, their relationship differed greatly from what they had with their former teammates.

Norris accepted this, saying the age gap meant a difference in interest. “Our interests away from the circuit are very different; he’s more into making wines and clothing and things and I’m more into golf and Esports and those kinds of things, which Carlos was a bit more into.”

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As a result, the two don’t spend too much time together off the track. However, McLaren’s ‘Unboxed’ video following the British GP gave fans hope, as it showed the teammates bonding with each other and cracking jokes. As Daniel refers to a pit board joke once made by Norris, it looks like the two are getting along; albeit in their own funny way.

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All jokes aside, the Papaya drivers have an enormous challenge ahead of them. Currently tied with their rivals, Ferrari, the two need to have their heads down and elbows out at Spa to get ahead of the game.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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