F1: Burn-out, McLaren… The terrible revelations of Daniel Ricciardo

After two complicated seasons at McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo will be able to rest. Although he will be Red Bull’s third driver, the Australian admits that he needs to take a break, in order to be able to come back stronger afterwards. The last few months have been difficult to live with, so much so that he thinks he has burnt out.

next season, Daniel Ricciardo will give way to Oscar Piastri at the house of McLaren. While he was planning to take a break from his career, the Australian will finally be the third driver of Red Bull. A team he knows well, having played there from 2014 to 2018. In the podcast Beyond The Grid, Daniel Ricciardo looked back on the last complicated months he lived with the British team.

“To this day, I can’t tell you if it was my last”

In Abu Dhabi, certainly I felt a little more emotion, but I would be lying if I said that I felt like Seb (Vettel) that weekend. I don’t really think it’s my last race, but of course it’s possible, so I tried to enjoy it and soak it all up. To this day, I can’t tell you if it was my last. That’s why I’ve chosen to take a step back next year, to find that answer and not make a hasty decision, on the spur of the moment. Of course, recently, there have been times when I thought I was fed up, but it was due to emotion. Only time that passes will let me know “, did he declare.

“I didn’t want to compete next year”

Daniel Ricciardo later confirmed to have been contacted by Haasbut his choice not to be on the grid in 2023 was already made: “ As Günther (Steiner) said, he contacted me. Since the summer break, the more time passed – I did the three consecutive Grands Prix which launched the second half of the season – the more it was clear that it did not depend on the phone calls I could receive but on me, that I had to admit that I didn’t want to compete next year. In a way, I’m relieved not to have been contacted by a top team, because it’s the kind of case where you tell yourself that you have to sign. In my heart of hearts, I had a terrible desire to take some distance. »

“You could call it a burnout”

The Australian admits to being mentally affected in the final months of the 2022 season. Yes, you could call it a burnout. I’m not afraid to admit it or say it. Everyone has their opinion, but I know what I feel, I know what I want. There was that. I don’t want to say that I’m the only rider to feel this, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a normal sportsman who trains again and again to improve. Sometimes the more I do, the more I lose myself in it. I feel the power that at a break for me, I could come back better. It seems a bit counter-intuitive to some, but for me it could be very beneficial “, he added.

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