‘None of Us Want to Get Killed Doing This’ – Daniel Ricciardo Weighs In on the Risky Side of F1

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Crashes and accidents in motorsport racing are never a pleasant sight for anyone. So, when Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in the 2020 Bahrain GP happened, it left everyone shell-shocked, including fellow driver Daniel Ricciardo.

The accident showcased the dangers of the sport, and at the same time, how safety had advanced in F1. Ricciardo expressed his thoughts on the subject and feels these incidents raise the ‘alarms’ for some drivers.

Ricciardo stated, “I think some drivers can be a little bit… I don’t know if it’s proud or scared… to change the sport from a safety point of view. Because to be honest it’s why we grew up loving the sport.”

Started racing because it gave a ‘good spike of adrenaline,’ says Daniel Ricciardo

“We started racing go-karts from a young age because it was dangerous, because it was a little bit rebellious. It was wild, it was fast and it gave you a good spike of adrenaline.”

Over the years, F1 has also lost a few drivers owing to such terrible crashes. It is exactly at such points in time that make people involved with racing sit up and take notice, highlighting the dangers associated with motorsports.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“I think we have always loved that element of it but at the same time none of us want to get killed doing this. Unfortunately you need at some times incidents to really raise the alarms for some drivers,” concluded Ricciardo.

Ricciardo steps into the 2021 F1 season with an optimistic McLaren

The Woking-based outfit are preparing for the new campaign with full enthusiasm. Naturally, they will expect Ricciardo to be one of the key contributors on track. With Mercedes power integrated in their brand-new MCL35M car this time around, there is hope for even better results than last year.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

McLaren finished third in the end, despite Ricciardo’s best efforts with Renault to stop them in 2020. Now in 2021, the ‘Honey Badger’ will switch teams and see through McLaren’s efforts to beat Mercedes and Red Bull.

Therefore, there is cause for optimism that Ricciardo alongside Lando Norris can help elevate McLaren to the next level. The former, in particular, will want to give a good account of himself in his debut season with his new team.

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