Daniel Ricciardo shares his personal and professional goals, LinkedIn post
Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed his goals for this year after his career took a drastic turn at the end of last season.
Ricciardo was paid by McLaren with one year remaining on his contract to make way for fellow Australian Oscar Piastri.
He then signed as Red Bull Racing’s third driver – four years after leaving the team with which he won seven Grands Prix.
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Although this position keeps the popular Australian in the paddock, it does not guarantee him a place on the grid and therefore eliminates any hope of a world championship.
In a post on his LinkedIn account, Ricciardo shared his new ambitions as part of his role as chief optimist at Optus.
“This is the first year in as long as I can remember that my goals won’t be 100% on running and competing,” he wrote Thursday.
“While there is still an element of that, it’s in a different capacity this year and I now have room for a separate set of goals to focus on as well.”
Outlining his career goals, Ricciardo said the switch to a non-racing role changed his focus from winning to himself to help the Milton Keynes team develop further.
“This year is really about being a team player at Red Bull,” he wrote.
“I’m back in an environment and ultimately a family that I have a lot of good memories with, and it really feels good to be back there.
“But it’s not about me this year, it’s about the wider team and trying to contribute and help them where I can.
“Jumping in the simulator, learning their car and helping shape the development are all things I focus on.
“In turn, this will develop my ability, confidence and enjoyment behind the wheel.”
Ricciardo admitted it had been “difficult years professionally” but his competitive streak still burned through him.
“There is an element of this competitor in me that wants to remind people that I am still here, still a professional and still contributing to success,” he wrote.
Discussing his personal goals, Ricciardo outlined his intention to return to the grid in 2024, underscoring the need to make the most of his break in the year.
“From a personal point of view, this year for me is really a luxury to have the opportunity to do things that I always wanted to do and didn’t have time for,” said he wrote.
“I don’t want the year to pass me by because if I race again next year I would have liked to make the most of the free time while I had it,” he said. .
Despite spending most of the year flying around the world on the F1 circuit, Ricciardo is looking to do more travel – on his terms.
“It’s weird to say this after traveling the world for the past 15 years, but I want to travel more,” he wrote.
“I want to reach certain destinations and experience the country, slow down and become a local.
“So often with the F1 calendar we are in and out of a country in a matter of days seeing nothing but the circuit and the hotel, and that is certainly not a vacation.
“I’m getting so much energy from new countries, new conversations and new things, so I’m really looking forward to controlling the destination and timing.”
The lack of personal time allowed by F1’s busy schedule also inspired Ricciardo to spend more time with his family and friends.
“Priority spending more one-on-one time with them, which I haven’t been able to do in so long,” he wrote.
“They always supported me and I didn’t have time to reinvest in them.”
Ricciardo also wants to “improve his skills on two wheels”, referring to his love for motorcycling and his 110cc dirt bike.
“I really want to get better and better on my 110,” he wrote.
“I’ve always loved motorcycles but I never really got to ride a lot because the luxury of time wasn’t there.
“I love learning new skills and I think that drive for excellence that I’m used to will carry over into this hobby as well.”
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