Australian superstar Daniel Ricciardo has opened up to the overwhelming sensation that leaves him “low” on the Formula 1 circuit.
Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says that building healthy relationships within his McLaren team is essential to eradicating overwhelming feelings of nostalgia during the season.
Due to the sport’s relentless schedule, boasting 22 races in 2021 alone, Ricciardo rarely gets a chance to return home, particularly during a global pandemic.
Since F1 made its long-awaited comeback in July 2020, the Perth native has spent countless days in hotel quarantine and under strict biosecurity conditions.
And the grueling schedule shows no signs of easing, with a record 23 races to be announced in the 2022 season.
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Therefore, Ricciardo believes that maintaining relationships with his McLaren team is not only essential for morale, but also helps ease the pain of nostalgia.
The Australian says he tends to feel particularly depressed during the competition’s “triple headers,” when three races occur over three consecutive weekends.
“You have to be able to turn to your teammates for help when you feel a bit depressed or when you lose yourself from home,” he said, as reported by the Dutch GPFans division.
“We are often away from our family for a long time, especially during ‘triple headings.’ That is why I think it is important for the team that everyone has a close bond with each other.
“I know for myself how much I miss my home and my family on race weekends. If you then have several close friends within the team to fill that gap, it works well. “
Ricciardo previously said the mid-season break was essential for him to recover before the 2021 championship second leg, and the 31-year-old proved that to be the case by winning the Italian Grand Prix last month.
The eight-time Grand Prix winner is also eager to socialize with his McLaren team outside of the F1 paddock once Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.
“A social life outside the paddock is also important during a race weekend,” said Ricciardo.
“That helps relieve stress and homesickness and it also means you get to know everyone better.
“I hope the world opens up more, so that we can also do fun things with the team off the track. Socialize and dine out once in a while. “
Ricciardo is currently eighth in the F1 drivers standings with 95 points.
The F1 season resumes next weekend with the United States Grand Prix, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 25 at 6 a.m. AEDT.