Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo has admitted to lashing out on a number of
occasions when things were not going his way throughout the 2018 season.
The Aussie will be pleased to be putting a pretty miserable
campaign behind him with eight DNFs more than offsetting his two victories in
China and Monaco.
Ricciardo said that his frustrations often got the better of
him, starting all the way back to the season opener at his home Grand Prix
“It all started in Melbourne, before the season even
started,” Ricciardo said in an interview with Max Verstappen in Red Bull’s On
“In practice I got the penalty for not slowing enough for
that red flag so that started with putting my elbows through the door of my
“A week later I tried to channel that energy into Bahrain
and my race finished after one lap...so I put my knee through the door in that
one and it kind of spiralled.
“And there was the fist (through the wall) in Austin, and
Austin was the worst one. Austin, I don’t know why, I just reached a real low.”
Looking back on his Red Bull career, Ricciardo revealed that
his podium finish in Hungary back in 2015 represented a really important moment
in his career.
“A lot happened in 2015, more on a personal level, with
life,” Ricciardo added.
“Jules [Bianchi's] passing affected me more than I ever
would have thought and I had a few other things going on in my life at that
time that in a way shaped me into this next version of who I am.
“The first race back was Budapest and that was my first
podium that year, a double podium for the team, and I remember the whole
weekend was very emotional.
“To get a podium there felt massive, it was a huge relief
and a moment of gratitude.
“That was really important. In 2015, that was a really big
high to come off such a low.”