Daniel Ricciardo, the current Renault F1 driver will be replacing Carlos Sainz Jr in McLaren for 2021 and 2022 season. The Australian pens down his strongest memories from his F1 career. He started in Formula One as a test driver for Toro Rosso. Daniel Ricciardo made his debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix with the HRT group.
The most embarrassing races for Daniel Ricciardo are Bahrain 2012 and Baku 2019.
The Australian had a poor start in Bahrain when he was dropped to the 11th position after turn 1. Then he had an accident with one of the Caterhams after which he had to pit for a new front wing, As a result, he was dropped to the 15th position.
“Bahrain was painful. Saturday, amazing. Qualified sixth in a Toro Rosso. Everyone was talking about what I’d done… and then I just got absolutely mauled 24 hours later. I knew I had the speed at the time but was I yet with the right mindset to race at the front, get my elbows out, believe I belonged there yet… I guess we found out, right?!”
In Baku, during the 2019 season, the Renault driver reversed into Daniil Kyvat. It looked like a rookie mistake for a driver like Daniel Ricciardo.
“I felt like such an idiot, I just screwed up. I know dany. We’d been teammates for a season and a bit. I apologized straight away. I felt pretty small after that one.”