Formula 1 | In an ejection seat, Ricciardo reaffirmed his love for F1

Contractually speaking, the situation of Daniel Ricciardo is weaker than before: behind the Piastri-Alpine imbroglio, we understand that the Honey Badger is no longer in the smell of sanctity in Woking, and that Zak Brown wants to replace an Australian in another. .

It must be said that sportingly speaking, Daniel Ricciardo has done nothing to improve his situation recently, especially in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At the Hungaroring, in the race, Daniel Ricciardo finished 15th, far away from Lando Norris, far, far away; and also collected a 5-second penalty for crashing into Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin F1.

Can the summer break change the negative dynamics on the side of the former (and future?) Enstone driver?

“I’m so glad I got some rest” said Daniel Ricciardo at the start.

“I need it more because these six months have not been very good. This was not the six months I wanted. »

“But even if the season is going well, a break is always nice, just to get away from it all. F1 is terrible these days. Even the hotels are full of people and these weekends are so busy that getting away from the circus for a few weeks would be wonderful. »

What does Daniel Ricciardo do to recharge his batteries? His schedule is apparently split between the UK (near the McLaren factory) and the US, where he has a home.

“Actually, changing my place in life for a while allowed me to naturally reset myself, so I can imagine that after ten days or two weeks of vacation, somehow the impression will disappear who is on vacation, then I will find this hunger again. »

“It’s not natural for me to think about it after vacation. That’s usually how it works for me. Also, I go out, I’m with my friends, I drink beer, I have fun. And then I got to the point where I started to feel, I’m not guilty anymore, but like “okay, it’s time to start over”. Then it’s kind of a natural switch that goes back, maybe after 14 days. »

A strong desire to stay in F1

Therefore, Daniel’s steering wheel for the next year is threatened, but even before the start of the crazy Piastri-Alpine affair, the McLaren driver confirmed his desire to stay in F1. A hint for the future and another legal puzzle to come…

“I love this sport more than anything. »

“This sport is one where you are good in your last race. In a way, if you don’t win, there is always something to prove, to the fans, to the supporters or to yourself. I think the most important thing is first and foremost myself. »

“That’s why I keep doing it. Because I still believe I can do it and do it at the highest level. So, I always try to prove it to myself. »

Daniel Ricciardo, is he not too demoralized by his drop in pure performance for two years, especially against Lando Norris?

“You can still see happiness. And, of course, this game, maybe more than most, is a game, I’ve talked about it before, where the winning ratio is very small, a small percentage, not like a team game, maybe 50 percent. »

“So you have to face it and understand that you can’t win every weekend, but you can always set other goals and find other ways to be happy and improve. »

“There is nothing better than winning, but there are other ways to achieve it. So I’m still going through this period and I’m enjoying it. »

“Of course, it’s a game that can be emotional, with emotions in the highlights, disappointments and things like that. But I still love him more than anything. »

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