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Daniel Ricciardo Calls Social Media “F**king Idiots” For Messing With His Reputation in F1 Career

The seven time Grand Prix Winner Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, the McLaren driver for this season has criticized the social media ethics for ruining his Formula One image. Calling them ‘f**king idiots’ the Australian condemned such behavior and showed extreme displeasure.

In an interview with UK’s lifestyle magazine Square Mile, Daniel ‘Honey Badger’ Ricciardo denounced the actions and expressed that such attitudes need to be changed for the greater good. This isn’t a way to gather TRP or Viewers, asserted the McLaren driver.

Daniel Ricciardo with MCL35M

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the launch of MCL35M, McLaren’s brand new car for the 2021 season. (Image courtesy: Getty Images)

Ricciardo also showed his distaste towards the glorification of crash incidents by Formula One last year and he questioned the authority for their choice to showcase such sensitive issues.

Regarding the context, the Australian conveyed, “I think last year, F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the ten were crashes,” he said.

“I was just like, you guys are f**king idiots. Maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids. Just do better, guys. Do better than that.” The Marmaduke further added.

Daniel Ricciardo is upset at Netflix too

Daniel further took a dig at Netflix’s Formula One documentary series ‘Drive to Survive’. The 31-year-old didn’t exactly like how he was portrayed in the show, especially his enmity with then McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.

In regard to this, the former Renault driver stated, “They tried to create a bit of a rivalry between me and [Carlos] Sainz and it wasn’t really there. Like, he’s no more a rival than anyone else.”

“There wasn’t any personal grudge with him, but I think [Netflix] wanted something, so a lot of questions led with asking about Carlos. Maybe no one noticed, but for me, I was like, he’s fine. I’ve probably got other guys that I dislike, you know, as opposed to Carlos… I mean, he dresses like a 60 year old, but otherwise he’s alright.” concluded the Australian driver.

Long gone 2020, Daniel Ricciardo has replaced Carlos Sainz at McLaren and Sainz moved to Ferrari this season. The 31-year-old Ricciardo sits at P7 at the driver’s standings while Sainz sits at one place below him at P8 after the conclusion of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

There wasn’t any fierce rivalry between the duo, as cleared by Ricciardo himself. However, the portrayals by the media certainly harmed his Formula One reputation and the Aussie has got enough reasons to be pissed at Social Media.


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