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Daniel Ricciardo slammed for ‘smiling’ as ex-F1 world champion questions AlphaTauri star

F1 Grand Prix of Singapore - Qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo is ready to make his return to the grid in Austin (Picture: Getty)

’s ardour for F1 has been referred to as into query by 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who has criticised the Aussie for remaining within the sport merely to ‘smile in commercials’. 

The 34-year-old returned to the F1 grid on the Hungarian Grand Prix, changing Nyck de Vries for AlphaTauri after the F2 and Formulation E world champion was axed by Helmut Marko following simply ten races in that seat. 

Ricciardo confirmed stable if unspectacular tempo throughout his first two races again in F1 on the Hungaroring and Spa, earlier than injuring his hand on the Dutch Grand Prix. He has since been on the sidelines recovering however is predicted to return to the cockpit for the US Grand Prix subsequent weekend.

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Villeneuve, nevertheless, is just not impressed with Ricciardo’s perspective to F1. Talking to , he was requested to call his favorite drivers on the grid, replying: “I love Fernando Alonso as a result of he’s hungry. 

“It’s the distinction that an awesome driver makes. I’d ask children who need to be drivers at present – would you like it out of ardour or since you need to be like Daniel Ricciardo, smiling in commercials?”

Whereas Villeneuve has questioned Ricciardo’s ardour for the game, the Aussie argues that his need to battle for his F1 future has been totally restored after taking a half-year sabbatical following his untimely departure from McLaren on the finish of the 2022 season.


F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Practice

Jacques Villeneuve has referred to as Ricciardo’s ardour into query (Picture: Getty)

“On the time, it was a little bit of a harsh actuality getting fired,” Ricciardo informed . “However by the tip of the season, after I obtained residence for Christmas, I used to be like, ‘Okay, it most likely does not assist my repute’, however at that time, I did not care anymore. It was a blessing in disguise.

“Then it obtained to the tip of January, I’ve most likely executed two months of simply holidays, and I used to be beginning to be like, ‘Okay, I do not actually need to fall into this, having a beer day by day, having enjoyable’. I did not really feel I used to be at that time, that I did not need to turn into a little bit of a slob.”

Regardless of his time away from full-time Grand Prix racing, Ricciardo remains to be believed to be Purple Bull’s favoured possibility to interchange Sergio Perez ought to they half firm with the 33-year-old on the finish of the 2023 marketing campaign.

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