McLaren F1 Hotshot Daniel Ricciardo Pays Homage To NFL’s Dolphins Ahead of Miami GP Super Weekend

Published 05/06/2022, 5:45 PM EDT

Miami Dolphins fans will be excited for more than the upcoming 2022 NFL campaign as the Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Riccardo comes to town. Riccardo will be in Miami, Florida, a couple of days ahead of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. But he seems more involved than ever before in a race as images of his custom helmet went viral.

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This year, Riccardo will be driving for the McLaren Racing Team and has chosen an ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ inspired helmet design. The movie was originally shot in Miami, and the theme perfectly fits the occasion.

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But apart from it, his helmet also dons the Miami Dolphins logo on the rear side of the helmet.

The Dolphins fans will be turning up in numbers to support Riccardo for his grandiose gesture. A clever helmet design, it also has a business card that says, “Daniel Ricciardo: Pet Detective.” Despite being far away from home, Riccardo is pulling every trick in the book to impress the Dolphins faithful.

How is the Miami Dolphins franchise preparing for the season ahead?

While the franchise didn’t have a lot to do during the 2022 NFL Draft, the acquisition of Tyreek Hill has brought back some attention to the franchise. The trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for the ‘Cheetah’ cost the Dolphins 5 draft picks, but they are in a good position going into next season. While they started poorly last season, the Dolphins showed fight in the second half but marginally fell short of making the playoffs. 

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The team managed to win 8 of its final 9 games aided by a seven-game winning streak to close out the season strongly. Despite their strong finish, the Dolphins chose to part ways with head coach Brian Flores by releasing him.

Under new head coach Mike McDaniel, the pressure will be on to deliver success immediately and justify their gambles in recent months. 

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The Dolphins fans will be counting on the franchise to make the playoffs finally. It will also mark the end of their appearance drought in recent seasons. It will be a challenging campaign for QB Tua Tagovaiola and Tyreek Hill ahead of the upcoming season in 2022.  

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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