Emma Raducanu Reveals Her Favorite F1 Driver Amidst Likes of Ricciardo & Hamilton

Published 09/11/2021, 6:22 AM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom after beating Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

18-year-old British tennis player Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier in history to reach the US Open final. She has received praise from all corners of the world, including from 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. The young Brit surprised everyone when she stated that her favorite F1 driver is Daniel Ricciardo and not Hamilton.


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Raducanu mentioned she is a big F1 fan and tries to follow as many races as possible. She also pointed out some similarities between Formula One and tennis, which she finds relatable.

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Daniel Ricciardo is my favorite driver!: Emma Raducanu

As reported by Express.Co.UK, the teen sensation stated that she visited the British Grand Prix this year. She also mentioned she has recently started to watch the sport on a weekly basis.

“When I have time, I love to watch Formula One and I’ve started to follow it week-by-week. I watched the British Grand Prix and Daniel Ricciardo is my favorite driver!” said Raducanu.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

When asked why she likes the McLaren driver, she replied,

” Off the track, it seems like there’s so much banter with him, and he’s super laid back and chilled, and I think once he gets in the car he’s also super fiercely competitive.”


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US Open finalist stated the similarities between F1 and tennis

Emma Raducanu stated that there are some similarities between Formula One and Tennis. But she also recognized there are some major differences as well. She also mentioned that tennis players can learn from F1 drivers as well.

” As tennis players, we can learn a lot from their reactions–you have to see everything so fast because the speeds that they’re going at are unbelievable. Those reactions and instincts can relate a lot to tennis,” said Raducanu.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

But she mentioned that the margin for error is very different in F1 as compared to F1.


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“The intensity of the focus is also similar and transferrable, but tennis is a lot more luxurious. If you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world, but in F1, if you make a mistake, you’re in the wall.” said the British player.


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It would be interesting to hear the reaction of Daniel Ricciardo when he hears of Emma’s comments on the sport and him.

Do you see any similarities between f1 and tennis? Let us know.



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.