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2020 Helmet

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

What inspired the design for this year?
In recent years I’ve had more freedom with the overall design of the helmet, and when I looked at my cabinet where all of my helmets are lined up, I noticed all of the older ones generally looked the same. So going forward, I want every helmet to be a piece of art and each year it will represent something different.

Are there any standout features?
I’ve worked with Nico from Ornamental Conifer again, and I feel it’s something different again this year. The base of the helmet is a sort of leopard print style, not necessarily obvious in its colours but with the use of pastel greys and charcoal. We have more layers applied to the helmet again and this helps to give parts of it more pop.

This year my title for the helmet is ‘become unstuck’. It’s a similar trend to last year’s messaging, where it’s all about not getting caught up in the same old stuff and how it’s important to pull yourself away and do something on your own.

How long does it take from start to finish?
We started our first ideas for the helmet back in October last year. At that stage we only really confirmed we wanted purple on the helmet and it’s been gradual since then.

Your favourite part of the helmet?
I love the entire helmet and it’s tough to single out one aspect. I do really like what Nico has done though on the top of the helmet this year, and we noticed a lot of camera on-boards last year caught a lot of the pink on the helmet. So, this year Nico has created a logo that is visible for the on-board camera shots which says, ‘smile you’re on camera’, it’s quite witty and funny.

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Life as a Formula 1 Driver

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Describe a typical day in your off-season?
The break in F1 is the summer time back home in Australia, and for me it usually starts by setting no alarms. Once I am up, I try to head to the beach first thing where there are good coffee and food places. Being at the beach and in the sun really helps to kickstart your day the right way. Next, I’ll spend some time with family and friends and maybe go to the farm where I’ll drive some buggies, and eventually watch the sunset. Sometimes we’ll go out fishing as well which is always fun.

What do you enjoy the most about the break?
The weather! And, after such a busy year and with lots of travel, it’s great waking up and not having too many plans for the day.

What’s been your most memorable moment during an off-season?
I went fishing once with a group of friends at around 4.15am. It was pitch black outside, but it was so special being out on the water that early and waiting for the sun to come up.

What do you like the least about the break?
There isn’t too much to dislike about the break, but you do miss the lack of racing and contact with the team. The closer you get to the season start, the more excited you get.

One thing you’d love to do during the break that you haven’t done before – what would it be?
Surfing. I’ve only done it a few times and every summer I say to myself that I’ll do it again, but I never get around to it. I’m also scared of sharks, so that sometimes puts me off.

Do you focus on anything in particular for your training?
I haven’t focused on just one thing and because the break is quite long, there is enough time to make sure everything is done. Such as building up your cardio, overall strength and neck strength. We plan for most of the training to be outdoors, so the cardio is always fun – running along the beach in the sun and heat. Mountain biking is also fun and very accessible near my house in Australia.

Do you follow a special type of diet or nutrition plan in the pre-season?
During the break, I am conscious the more I let myself go then the more work I have to put in to get it all back. But I do try to be as relaxed as I can be about it. Once January starts, I try lower my intake of meat and increase vegetables in my diet.

Do you have any pre-season tips for junior drivers?
Overall, it’s about finding a balance, because you need to do a lot but also try not to peak too early in your training phase. My advice would be to start with low intensity and be patient. Neck training is also very important for racing drivers as that part of the body is used so much and it’s very fragile. In terms of cardio, it’s not about sprinting as fast as you can. You have to build a base and get those long runs or bike stints in first and foremost.

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Work of Art

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Ahead of the Australian GP this weekend Daniel took to the world famous Hosier Lane in Melbourne for an Aston Martin activation with his Team, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. During the event local artists and Daniel painted the beautiful Aston Martin DB11 and here’s the outcome…

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2018 Testing – Day 1

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Day One of testing went well for Daniel as he completed 105 laps and finished the day top of the timesheet. Daniel will be back on track in Barcelona on Wednesday 28th February.
“That was… cold! But apart from that it was good,” said Daniel. “In the morning when it was dry everything was fine but in the afternoon the conditions were really tricky. It’s hard to get anything working with tyres in these temperatures, especially as they’ve also re-laid the surface. When the temperature is there it’s good, but when it’s cold there really isn’t any grip! However, it was still a good day and we got over 100 laps done, with, I think, one run of 35 laps. So reliability was solid and hats off to everyone for that. Performance? Yeah, It’s nice to see yourself at the top of the timesheets but in two-degree temperatures you really can’t learn anything!”

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Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 Special Edition

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo takes the all-new Aston Martin Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14 for a spin at Silverstone Circuit.

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El Casco de Daniel

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo will wear this stunning lid for the Mexico GP this weekend. The unique helmet with Jens Munser Designs is Daniel’s first special one off for the Mexico GP. The incredible piece takes inspiration from Dia de Muertos featuring a skull on the top. Even the Honey Badger is keen embracing the Mexican culture by sporting a sombrero and moustache. Stay tuned throughout the weekend to see images of Daniel racing in this master piece.

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Practice with the Cardinals

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo took part in a full two-hour American football practice session in Austin ahead of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.

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Kendo in Tokyo

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Daniel pulled out his shinai (bamboo sword) and tested his Kendo skills with Red Bull Japan ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend in Suzuka

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F1LiveLondon Event

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo took the V8 out for a spin (or ‘controlled slides!’) near Trafalgar Square yesterday to the delight of commuters and F1 fans alike. Daniel, alongside other drivers, took part in the F1 Live showcase ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend in a bid to let fans get closer to the action.

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Puck Off

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo swapped his race boots for ice skates to take on the Red Bull Racing PUCK OFF challenge at the Red Bull Akademie in Salzburg ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. ‘Team Daniel’ went up against ‘Team Max’ with Team Principal Christian Horner as referee.

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