WATCH: Vettel Can’t Stop Smiling Seeing Ricciardo’s Crazy Austin GP Attire

Published 10/28/2021, 6:32 AM EDT


Daniel Ricciardo is one of the most enthusiastic drivers in the Formula1 grid. He really lives to his fullest, both on and off the track. In the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, he really embraced the environment and the vibe of the city. He was spotted wearing a Texas basketball jersey with a cowboy hat on the grid walk to the circuit.

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His outfit stood out and caught the attention of many drivers on the grid. George Russell interrupted Ricciardo’s interview to take a picture of the Aussie’s outfit. In a video shared by McLaren, we can see been his former teammate Sebastian Vettel having fun with Ricciardo.

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Vettel hilariously told Daniel when he saw him,” You love it, huh?”

To which Ricciardo replied,” Maybe too much.”

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Daniel Ricciardo explains his bond with Sebastian Vettel

As reported by PlanetF1, the McLaren was the Red Bull teammate for four-time world champion Seb Vettel in 2014. Although he convincingly beat the German, Daniel states he learned a lot from Vettel in his time as his teammate.

“He had so much experience. He was the one to beat. [It was] a huge challenge because it was the team that they had built around him. I loved the pressure it put on me,” said Daniel.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Pole position qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing smiles in the press conference after qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2018, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“I learned a lot from him, and I had a lot of fun when I realized: I can challenge him, I can drive at eye level with him. He didn’t have that much joy, but I could learn a lot for my career from that time.

“It was special, the way he worked. How he spurred the team on again and again. He had this special German work ethic. To be extremely focused, to meticulously illuminate every detail. Sometimes I was really shocked at how brutally open he brought up a problem, but I quickly learned that this is the only way to get there. I liked the way he did it.” said Ricciardo.

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In their time together as teammates in Red Bull, Daniel scored 71 points and 3 wins more than Vettel. He also denied that Vettel left the team because of him. It’s lovely to see that both drivers still share a bond after so many years.

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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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