Daniel Ricciardo has often been seen as one of the best drivers with the best personalities on the F1 grid but the Aussie star has revealed why he’s rarely seen with a woman on his arm.
In contrast to Lewis Hamilton – who has dominated on the track and the tabloids with a long list of high-profile former girlfriends – has rarely been seen in a similar situation, with the outgoing 31-year-old Aussie appearing to steer clear of the gossip pages.
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Speaking on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Ricciardo spoke about his personal life in a way he rarely has before.
Admitting he likes to go to events early to be able to soak in new locations, Ricciardo was asked some more quick questions around race weekend.
The questioning started around his drinking habits.
“I’m not a big drinker but have I had a beer or a glass of wine before a race, like a Saturday night? Of course I have,” he said. “It’s not something I would do by habit. It’s normally if the weekend hasn’t gone too well and I just need to switch off for a little bit. But typically, if everything’s going to plan, which it has this year, then probably a Wednesday. It’s not going out to club on Wednesday night, it’s having a little cognac. I’m pretty disciplined, I enjoy having a good time but I guess race week I’m pretty chill.”
But the conversation then veered into sex, with Shepard pointing to some athletes who abstain from sex before big games or races.
“I used to, but not any more,” Ricciardo admitted. “I went against my rules obviously once and I was probably even better on Sunday so it’s all good. I threw that one out a few years ago.”
Overall, Ricciardo said he was “anti-superstition”.
“I feel it’s a sign of fear, not fear but that you’re putting a sign of doubt in your own head already,” he said. “It’s kind of like an excuse for something to go wrong.
“It’s easy to have a lack of accountability if you’ve got a superstition. It’s like ‘I had a bad race because I didn’t put my left sock on first’. I might brush off the reality of why I had a bad race because I didn’t put my sock on the right way.
“I don’t like it. If that was my tradition and I forgot to do it and I’m jumping in a car that’s doing 200 miles an hour, is that good for my headspace? You can’t have anything like that creeping in.”
It’s the focus that has seen Ricciardo racing in F1 since 2011.
But he admitted that the intensity of the sport and his chase for an elusive world championship hasn’t helped his personal life and relationships.
“It certainly is difficult when you’re so driven towards something,” Ricciardo admitted. “Me, for example, yes, I’ve made it to F1, that was a childhood dream and even I still pinch myself but you get there and it’s like, making it is not enough. I need to win, I need to be world champion.
“I’ve won races now but I’m yet to become a world champion so I’m still not satisfied. I’ve been doing F1 for 10 years so I’m constantly looking for more from it and putting myself first and being selfish. It is difficult and you do have to shut things out along the way and that is people and at times relationships. It’s finding that balance.
“I know some drivers have a wife and kids and I’m like ‘how do you do this with a family?’ The danger at one side and then just dedicating everything you can to the sport but also dedicating time to your family. I’m not there yet, I don’t know how I could manage that. I’m still in the moment of just trying to get the most out of me and I think what I’m doing is working so I’m going to keep going down that path. I’ll wait a while for kids I think.”