Daniel Ricciardo: ‘I haven’t achieved what I really want – a world title’

Daniel Ricciardo: ‘I haven’t achieved what I really want – a world title’

The Guardian

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Australian driver is in confident and relaxed mood and raring to go with McLaren as the new F1 season starts in Bahrain

The new Formula One season cannot come soon enough for Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian is clearly as fired up for the fight now as he has ever been and much as he still revels in the pure pleasure of racing, it is without doubt the competitive instinct that drives him. When it counts Ricciardo will give no quarter, be it rolling the dice from the Old Kent Road to Mayfair or all the way to the chequered flag, this is a singularly steely Dan.

“I am what you see,” he says. “If I am smiling and laughing then it is me having a good time and I truly do love and enjoy this, but anything with competition I turn pretty quickly. I was playing Monopoly and [the card game] Uno over Christmas and I was getting pretty agitated. Anything with competition I change, that’s part of me when something is on the line.”

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