“We’re All Skinny”: Despite Physical Differences From Typical Athletes, Daniel Ricciardo Reveals the One Major Thing That Sets F1 Drivers Apart From the Rest

Published 12/08/2022, 3:40 AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 11: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 11, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo may have had back-to-back terrible seasons, but no one can take his wins away from him. The Honey Badger remains a phenomenal athlete and an ambassador of the sport. Therefore, when he tells what it takes to be the best in the sport, the ever-joking man puts on a serious face.

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Daniel Ricciardo, like every other driver on the F1 grid, takes his health seriously. It is not just a requirement to increase one’s longevity in the sport, but pretty much a necessity. In an interview, he revealed his training regime during a typical F1 season and told what sets F1 drivers apart from other athletes.

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Daniel Ricciardo reveals the physical difference between F1 drivers and other athletes

Daniel Ricciardo appeared for an interview with Men’s Health back in 2020. The Honey Badger told how life was going amidst the pandemic and opened up on his relationship with Max Verstappen, among other things. The Aussie also revealed what physical and mental strengths one needed to have to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 01, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ricciardo said, “Suppose there is a week between two race days, then I train for six days. Most days I do two workouts, one of those days I do one workout and one day I rest. We drivers do not have to be triathletes or marathon runners, but our basic condition must be good.” [Translated using Google]

“We’re all skinny. Strong, but slim. We are agile and fast, but not strength athletes.” 

“You must be fearless. The sport is dangerous. Very dangerous. The moment you are taken over by doubt or fear, you no longer perform. Especially when driving at these speeds, a moment of uncertainty can kill you. You must be in full control,” he added.

Ricciardo is currently on a 1-year hiatus from regular action in F1. After a 2-year failed stint at McLaren, he joined Red Bull as a reserve driver. Could the decision be driven by the doubts setting in? Only he would know.

Lewis Hamilton still finds Daniel Ricciardo capable of driving as a regular in F1

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Mercedes remained interested in signing Daniel Ricciardo as a reserve driver before the Honey Badger finalized a contract with Red Bull. In a press conference in Italy this year, Lewis Hamilton was asked if he would like it if Daniel joined his team as a third driver.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Planet F1 quoted Hamilton saying, “of course if he’s a part of our team that would be great, but I mean, third [driver] role is not really I think what’s best for him, so if I was managing him, you’d be racing.”

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We hope Ricciardo makes a comeback as a regular driver in 2024. Do you think he will get another chance given how many young deserving drivers from the feeder series are in the waiting?

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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