Dan Ricciardo’s awkward TV moment with Ellen DeGeneres
Written by Andrew Reid. This story originally appeared on Yahoo Sport Australia.
Daniel Ricciardo found himself at the center of a fun moment during an interview with American TV superstar Ellen DeGeneres, ahead of Monday morning’s Mexican Grand Prix (AEDT).
The Australian Formula 1 ace was a guest on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he chatted with the host of the Netflix docu series Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
Ellen admitted the series made her an unexpected F1 fan as Ricciardo answered some of her sports questions in front of the studio audience.
One question in particular made the charismatic 32-year-old laugh, who explained the grueling nature of being behind the wheel for up to two hours in some races.
“When you get out, you’re just wet, sweaty. It’s crazy, ”Ellen began to say.
“You don’t even have time to think, ‘I’m thirsty’ or something. You can’t even think about it.
“What if you feel like taking a pee?” How about drinking before getting in the car?
Ricciardo laughed: “It’s a question we often get asked: ‘Have you ever peed in the car?’
“Anyone can relate to peeing, you have to relax. And it’s hard to relax while driving at these speeds.
“I’ve never done it. If you have to go, you hang on painfully until the end, but every bump, every little sidewalk you hit hurts.
Ellen asked the Australian about the fitness regimes of F1 drivers, with Ricciardo explaining why core strength is crucial in the sport.
Ricciardo explained: “It’s intense. You’re right, a lot of people say, “Well, why do you need to be in shape? I drive my car to work every day and it’s a snap ”.
“The races are 90 minutes… there is something called the G forces and because we veer so fast, there are about four or five Gs on our body, and it’s a force that is basically trying to make us get out of the car.
“So we need a lot of core strength, neck strength to just hold on. And we can lose up to 8-10 pounds (3.5-4.5 kg) when running.
Max Verstappen responds to Daniel Ricciardo comparison
Ricciardo enters the Mexican GP eight in the drivers’ standings, with teammate McLaren Lando Norris ahead of him by 44 points.
The Australian’s former teammate Max Verstappen has denied suggestions that Ricciardo was the only rider who could match him in a Red Bull car after leaving ship in 2019.
The pair enjoyed a competitive relationship as the No.1 and No.2 drivers at Red Bull.
The Australian was the most experienced and it wasn’t until 2018 that Verstappen finished with more podiums at Red Bull.
Ricciardo moved to Renault ahead of the 2019 season, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner describing him at the time as “running away from a fight”.
The Australian spent two relatively frustrating years with the French manufacturer before finally joining McLaren for 2021.
However, in a recent interview with GP Racing, Verstappen denied the claim that Ricciardo was the only driver who could match him in the same race car and that he has struggled now.
Verstappen said his skills, which came from experience in an F1 car, saw him rise above the pack.
“I think I got better as well eventually, because I got more and more experience… So I also find it hard to really compare fairly, you know,” said Verstappen.
“I find it a bit unfair to say that maybe he was closer, and I think there is a lot of stuff in there. Sure, Daniel was back then, you know… He’s still a little older and more experienced.
“But I think I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last few years … And I really think that’s where the big leap started to happen, which I think is a natural process. during the first five years of your F1 career. “
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