Daniel Ricciardo Explains Where NASCAR Shines Compared To F1




F1 racing is a unique sport in itself, where the best action happens when drivers fight wheel-to-wheel for supremacy and glory. But of late, that has been severely reduced with a lot of quality gaps between the teams.

Of course, Mercedes’ dominance has seen them rocket to the front of the grid, with Red Bull also in a comfortable second. Only now has the midfield battle intensified in recent times, with Racing Point and McLaren in the mix with Renault.

In that regard, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo believes that he like most other F1 drivers have felt the need to showcase their skills in similar machinery. For that would truly then determine who is indeed, the best driver of them all.

Daniel Ricciardo believes NASCAR is better than F1 in machinery aspects

Speaking in a podcast, Ricciardo is quoted as saying, “Don’t get me wrong, we all think that! I guess like one thing is there’s an attraction of always getting to the best teams knowing that there is a team better than another. That’s kind of a challenge in itself.”

During his time at Red Bull, Ricciardo was right in the thick of things fighting the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas upfront. But, there still exists a huge competitive gap between the top teams and the midfield battlers.

Daniel Ricciardo answering questions before the Turkish Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – November 12, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“It’s kind of cool trying to chase that but also there’s a lot of times we’re like ‘shit, we just wish we had the same equipment’. So we could just show what we believe we are all about.”

When asked if American stock racing competition NASCAR was better in that aspect, Ricciardo responded with some affirmation. He said, “I would say so. I think you still have like your top teams. But sure, there’s a bigger spread through the field who I think could win.”

Formula 1 could see closer racing action with the 2022 regulations change

Many believe the 2022 technical and financial rules instituted by F1, could see teams get much closer to one another. It will be a ‘game-changer’ of sorts, with a chance for teams to press the reset button, and come up with the best versions of their cars.

F1 drivers racing in the opening lap of the Turkish GP 2020
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll leads Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas at the start of the race REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Similar to the way NASCAR operates, it could then see nearly half the grid compete with one another for race victories. That would then see F1 races become end-to-end gripping action, keeping the viewers on their toes.