05. July 2022

Netflix’s Drive to Survive ‘adds spice’ to F1 rivalries: Daniel Ricciardo

Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says the makers of Netflix documentary Drive to Survive have emphasised rivalries amongst drivers in an try to dramatise the wildly profitable collection after what he mentioned was a true-to-life opening season.

The Netflix collection has been credited with driving legions of recent followers to F1, culminating in document attendance of virtually 420,000 folks ultimately weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, at which Ricciardo completed sixth, behind his McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

Daniel Ricciardo spruiks his commercial deal with St Hugo wines at the W Hotel in Melbourne on Monday. The F1 driver says he prefers red wine over the traditional F1 champagne.

Daniel Ricciardo spruiks his industrial take care of St Hugo wines on the W Hotel in Melbourne on Monday. The F1 driver says he prefers pink wine over the standard F1 champagne.Credit:Penny Stephens

The fourth season of the present portrays animosity between Norris and Ricciardo, however different drivers on the circuit, together with reigning world champion Max Verstappen, say the pair are pleasant with one another.

“I think it’s been accurate enough,” Ricciardo instructed The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’d say the first season was very authentic … it was very raw and it was very successful.


“I think then they certainly tried to emphasise a few rivalries, which I don’t think necessarily they always needed to, so they probably just put a little bit of … a little bit of spice on the top of it.”

“They would kind of make a few rivalries into more like enemies where it was just a competition rivalry, but it wasn’t an enemy,” he mentioned. “So, sometimes they probably did a little bit too much with it.”

Overall, Ricciardo mentioned, Drive to Survive had been good for the game of F1.

“It’s given people a chance to see us underneath the helmet and get into a little bit of our family life, personal life, and I think that’s also something very easily that people can get behind,” he mentioned.

Ricciardo mentioned he’s comfortable together with his portrayal as an Aussie larrikin within the documentary collection, however he thought they’d censor his language.

“I didn’t think that they would put all my c-bombs in there, but they did,” he mentioned. “I’m like, oh man, Mum has to watch this. It’s funny, it’s a word I would never say in front of Mum.

“That is me, not necessarily always the swearing, but the kind of happy-go-lucky person.”

Ricciardo’s sixth place on Sunday, his finest results of the season, may have been even higher if the race was a bit longer, he mentioned.


The Australian was caught behind his teammate Norris for a lot of the 58-lap race, however was instructed not to put his teammate below strain on the ultimate lap of the Albert Park circuit to guarantee each automobiles scored McLaren’s first championship factors of the 12 months.

“I think if there was a few more laps, I think it was probably going to happen because he was, let’s say, nursing an issue,” Ricciardo mentioned.

Ricciardo mentioned fifth place “would have been nice”, however he was pleased with the instructions from his crew.

“It wasn’t like I was really holding back, so if they were like ‘start driving slow on the straights to not overtake him’, then I would have been like ‘guys come on, that’s just silly’, but it wasn’t like that. So it was fine,” he mentioned.

“I think they handled it well and also the start of the season has been pretty grim for us,” he mentioned. “So to also risk something on the last lap with your teammate, I think they made the right call, and I was okay with it.”

Ricciardo mentioned he celebrated final evening with a glass of shiraz after partnering with vineyard St Hugo to make a wine decanter formed like a shoe. He mentioned he prefers pink wine over the standard F1 champagne.

Daniel Ricciardo placed sixth at the grand prix on the weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo positioned sixth on the grand prix on the weekend.Credit:Eddie Jim

“I think everyone’s like ‘you guys must love champagne’,” he mentioned. “I think spraying it is awesome, but, yeah, to drink it, I’m certainly more of a grape juice kind of person.”

Ricciardo mentioned the decanter was a nod to a shoey, his trademark celebratory drink from his racing shoe.

”The sort of irony is a shoey is clearly, I imply, it’s not nice is it?,” he mentioned. “You are drinking from a dirty shoe, but to put that into something quite elegant and beautiful. I think that’s where it’s got a spin.”

Ricciardo mentioned he’s “definitely a glass-half-full kind of person” and he’s constructive about his and McLaren’s possibilities this 12 months regardless of a patchy begin to the season.

“After winning last year, I honestly think anything’s possible,” he mentioned. “We are like still a bit off for sure, but I would definitely not write off this year. So I think I can win [a grand prix] this year.”

Ricciardo mentioned the adjustments to the Albert Park circuit have made the observe “a little better”, however the observe could possibly be additional improved subsequent 12 months.


“There was going to be four DRS [drag reduction system] zones and they removed one after Friday and I think if they kept it, it probably would have made [for] a bit more overtaking,” he mentioned. “If they want more, maybe that’s a little simple solution for next year.”

Ricciardo mentioned the race in Saudi Arabia was a “crazy race” which set the bar fairly excessive and there was solely a lot that could possibly be achieved at Albert Park.

“I think they did well with what they had because it is also a street circuit, so they can’t do so much like moving the park around,” he mentioned.

Ricciardo now sits in eleventh place on the planet drivers’ championships on eight factors.

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