“I was hungry to go and compete” – Covid-19 lockdown ensured the F1 2020 season was postponed, making Daniel Ricciardo fall in love with Formula 1 all over again.
Daniel Ricciardo is the most lovable character in Formula 1 of this century, if not beyond. He makes everyone laugh and smile, from teammates to competitors, including Lewis Hamilton.
Proud to debut our grand prix driver line-up @LandoNorris @danielricciardo and two guys @F1MikaHakkinen battling it out for the yet-to-be-announced reserve driver 🤣. Happy 2021 everybody! pic.twitter.com/mhCymxMefS
— Zak Brown (@ZBrownCEO) January 1, 2021
But things are not always the same for him when it comes to his love for F1. He admits the lockdown globally helped him fall in love with his sport all over again.
“I think for me personally it made me appreciate and understand how much I love the sport and how much I love the competition.”
“I think not having it for a few months, as much as I loved being home and getting some rare time at home, I was hungry. It was reiteration. You have bad days in the sport. One day is frustrating and you’re like ‘I hate race cars’ but the absence confirmed that I certainly love it and want to keep doing it.”
Family time paramount to Daniel Ricciardo
For Daniel Ricciardo, and like the rest of us, 2020 was a great learning curve. It taught us not to take for granted life, including life itself. Covid-19 has ensured spending time with your family and loved ones are crucial to your well-being.
“I think as a person it’s probably what I would say 99 percent of everyone felt is some real appreciation for normal life or life as you previously had, an appreciation for being able to go out.”
“One thing I missed tremendously was concerts, live music. Being in a venue and having – it sounds gross now – but having sweaty people all around you. Just, I guess, the real freedom of travel which is something we are all accustomed to.”
“We travel the world and at some point, it feels like a job but it’s nice freedom that we have. So these are some things that I missed and certainly won’t take for granted in the future.”