Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has been quoted 16 times. The one recent article where Daniel Ricciardo has been quoted is Daniel Ricciardo and the making of an F1 champion-in-waiting. Most recently, Daniel Ricciardo was quoted as having said, “The racing was the only thing that made me do it. I wasn't interested in travelling, I didn't want to leave home, I didn't want to live alone... I really wasn't very independent! I was like 'I really hope I do well in this racing thing' because when I wasn't racing I wasn't sure what the hell I was going to do.”.

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I took that one seriously! That was simple. Once the emotion came out of the equation the positive was I'd got the first pole position of my career in what we still believe was an inferior package. Albeit bar the pit stop, I'd done everything I could to win that race. I was good in the wet and did everything I could. OK, I didn't get the big trophy, but I was the driver to beat all weekend. I took a lot of pride in that. Also it's Monaco, it's a driver's track, I just tried to take the confidence with me.

If you don't answer he's like 'what are you doing?' and you're there like '[starts pretend panting] 'I was training, I was training Dr Marko, honest! That was a sort of pressure. For me some phone calls weren't the best but at the same time it made me realise this is what it is, we are trying to get to the top of something and in any business or any sport it is similar. It was one of those things that made me grow up and mature, I think, and also made me appreciate what I had. When I didn't race well he made me realise that and I thought 'Ok, he's got a point, just make sure you learn.

The first race I ever went to Adelaide 1993. I was obviously still young but the noise is the first thing you remember. I remember going to Melbourne a few years later and from our hotel room you could hear the cars at Friday practice and I was like 'Dad, let's frickin' go to the track already, can you hear the noise?!' Noise was the first association with it and that [sound of] neooowwwwwnnnnn, moving the neck really fast.

I found a gym close by and those were my days -- waking up, training, eating, training, going to sleep. Then eventually I made some friends, like [New Zealand's] Brendon Hartley, who was racing in the same series that year so I could relate to him, he was from the same part of the world and a Red Bull driver at the time so he was someone I was trying to aspire to.

At that age I didn't really think about it. It didn't really cross my mind until [Mark] Webber got in and then I was like 'oh... this is cool'! So I didn't think about it. Formula One was just cool, I loved racing, all types of racing, but from a young age Formula One was the noise and everything and that's what I was drawn to. I already knew when I was younger, the coolest guys are in F1... not that NASCAR drivers aren't cool but that was always what I had in my head!

The racing was the only thing that made me do it. I wasn't interested in travelling, I didn't want to leave home, I didn't want to live alone... I really wasn't very independent! I was like 'I really hope I do well in this racing thing' because when I wasn't racing I wasn't sure what the hell I was going to do.

Max is obviously talked about and is very popular and a lot of people expect him to win world titles and that so for me it's a good motivation for me to be like, let's stop this train'! Not in a sour way, but a good competitive way. I like having someone alongside me who is strong. Yeah it would be nice to win every race but you learn a lot more about yourself so I'm enjoying it.

It helps having a competitive teammate, absolutely. You might think you're driving at your full potential and you think 'woah, hold on a minute, there is another tenth in that corner, or this and that. It is good to have that constant pressure and that good rivalry.

When I came into Red Bull, everyone thought: he's just the happy, nice guy, he's fast but he can't race hard with these top guys. That was a reputation I had to dismiss. If Lewis beats me in a Mercedes, I can tell the world he beat me because his car is better. But if Max beats me every race I am going to run out of excuses, so certainly your team-mate is the No1 person you want to beat.

People have seen now I am a racer and I have big intentions in the sport and I am prepared to get my shoulders out if I need to.

Just because they are fighting doesn't mean we shouldn't still try and make an overtake if there's a door open. I'll always race, I think, with respect but sure I'll race hard...if there's an opportunity to win, for sure I'll go for it.

Some things we've seen in the past, Seb gets a bit frustrated but it's probably been a bit more uncharacteristic this year, probably been a bit too much.

If the sparkling wine is cold, then it tastes good. Normally on the podium, it's cold so you don't get all the flavors but if it's warm, then you get the sweat and all that through it ... but the cold taste kills the bad stuff.

The aim was to be in on the front row, we knew it would be tough to get in front of the Mercedes but it was nice to be in front of one of them.

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