WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo’s name engraved on the streets of Baku with this iconic move


Daniel Ricciardo, the sunny-tempered Australian, is currently racing with some dark clouds above his F1 seat. It’s been that way for some time now as he consistently underperformed in the Mclaren single-seater.

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The Woking-based side fight for third place season after season. If it’s not very ambitious for 8 times manufacturer champions, it can still become impossible if the drivers don’t score points.

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However, the Honey Badger has not always been in this position. Once upon a time, Ricciardo fought for podiums and victories, not just for points.

Daniel Ricciardo and his good old days with Red Bull

And as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix approaches, we thought of revisiting one of Ricciardo’s best victories in his career. Under the “European Grand Prix” tag, Baku had already hosted a race in 2016, but the Azerbaijan GP officially hosted the first race in 2017. And Ricciardo won the race in his Red Bull RB13 in incredible fashion.

The Honey Badger crashed his car in qualifying and started the race in P10, but after just five laps he had to stop. Initially thinking his race was over, he was sent back to racing. He joined P17 and went out and created history by winning the race while performing the most daring overtaking maneuver en route to his victory.

The triple overtake reminded us why Ricciardo is still one of the best on the grid.

And returning to the incident, the Australian confessed, “Did I think I would make our way to the first one? Absolutely not !” He elaborated“Everyone in front was dropping like flies, I was doing good overtaking and it was a bit like a momentum and it was crazy.”

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“It was fun and it was chaotic but crossing the line I was a bit confused, how did we win this race?”

Zak Brown’s comments point to uncertain future for Ricciardo

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Ricciardo’s poor form, especially in the current season, has raised a lot of doubts about his future. And comments from McLaren team boss Zak Brown added fuel to the fire. He said, “I don’t want to enter into the contract [details]. But there are mechanisms in which we engage with each other and then there are mechanisms in which we are not.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 14: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 prepare to drive in the garage during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on December 14, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by François Nel – Formula 1/Formule 1 via Getty Images)

Talks of an early exit will surely be on Ricciardo’s mind, but hopefully he can push through and focus on Baku.

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