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Daniel Ricciardo is ‘Man at his Best’

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo is this month’s ‘Man at his Best’ in the March issue of Esquire Middle East. The section includes a feature interview from the magazine where Daniel talks about on-track rivalries, his fear of sharks and becoming an uncle, alongside a selection of the best images from the editorial shoot that took place in Dubai ahead of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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All New RB13

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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2017 Helmet

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Daniel has revealed the design of his new lid for 2017. New details for this year include a brand new sponsor on the chin, Carsales and a white Southern Cross in place of the Aussie flag. Daniel’s personal logo is still prominent on the side of the chin and top of the head alongside his number 3. The theme of the helmet remains in line with the car with the matte fluorescent Red Bulls and the trademark honey badger is still sitting at the back, but now adorned with the words ‘my time’.

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Training in LA

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo is currently in Los Angeles, USA, during the second half of his off-season training camp. Daniel has been making good use of state-of-the-art training facilities in LA, including the Red Bull High Performance Gym in Santa Monica, working hard getting race-fit to make sure he starts the 2017 season in the best shape of his life.

All images supplied by Donut Media.

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Día de los Muertos

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Daniel got fully immersed in Mexican culture as he donned full ‘Día de los Muertos’ face paint at an event hosted by Puma in Mexico City last night. A few days before the Mexican Grand Prix, Daniel ‘defied death’ by performing tricks on a dirt bike in-front of a large audience at the Puma ‘El Oferendomo’ (dome of offerings), created in an abandoned shopping mall.

“The event was fun, it was something different; I got to do a bit of acrobatics or aerobatics, and also to be in character, trying to act serious!

It was a cool experience and I think it will turn out well. I love how they celebrate the Day of the Dead here. Death is such a negative thing around the world, but they manage to kick a positive into it, so that’s really cool and I respect that. It just goes to show you can find a positive in pretty much everything in life. Also, I got to ride a dirt bike for about 10 metres as well, so that kind of satisfied me!”

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Kaido Racer, Japan

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

When Daniel met Red Bull Japan he took the wheel of a Kaido Racer, a car that epitomises Japanese car culture. Daniel and his Red Bull Racing teammate cruised around Tokyo in the unique model, attracted a lot of attention, and got to see the amazing city from a different perspective.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s low! Every bump I’m scared, but it’s really nice and we have some good beats going so I feel like it’s setting the trend.

“We’re getting a lot of looks and the chicks love it.”

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Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveil the AM-RB 001 hypercar

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Designed by Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman, chief creative officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.

The team and the car manufacturer announced that the mid-engined beast will be powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine and that the car’s F1-inspired carbon fibre construction will give it a power to weight ratio of 1:1, 1 bhp per kilo of weight! The AM-RB 001 is to feature performance levels in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes!

Production of the car will be between 99 and 150 road cars and a further 25 track-only versions in the works. First deliveries will commence in 2018.

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When Daniel took on the Targa Florio

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Daniel took a classic Alfa Romeo on the route of one of the world’s greatest road races.

He took time out from F1 to take a classic Alfa Romeo around the historic Targa Florio course in Sicily.

The reasons why Daniel is in Sicily in a rare Alfa are a little complex: let’s start with the car:

Daniel drove the Alfa Romeo T33 that his mentor Helmut Marko drove in the 1972 Targa Florio. The car, which is nearly 20 years older than him, was on loan from a private collection in Scotland. As for Daniel, his connection to Sicily comes from his father Joe, who emigrated to Australia from Ficcara as a boy.

Back in 1972, Helmut Marko set a new lap record of 33m 41s, with an average speed of 128.253kph, in a dramatic last-ditch chase to the finish line.

Even by the crazed standards of the 1970s, the Targa Florio was a dangerous race: 11 laps around a 70km course that wound around the mountains, dusty roads and tiny streets of villages around Palermo, with drivers dodging potholes, walls and sheer drops, in cars that could go up to 300kph.

“Your whole body was battered and bruised after a sportscar race,” says Marko. “Driving these cars was extremely hard physically.”

The Targa was part of the World Sportscar Championship, contested by Porsche, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo with F1 drivers at the wheel. On the start line of the 1972 Targa were then-current F1 drivers Nino Vaccarella, Rolf Stommelen, Vic Elford. In 1972, Marko and co-driver Nanni Galli’s main competition were Ferrari’s Arturo Merzario and Sandro Munari.

“The first few laps were a shock. During practice, Toine Hezemans collided with a donkey, rider and all. He was catapulted over the rear spoiler. Nino Vaccarella and his car disappeared under a truck.”

“One car got lost up in the mountains. It took half a day just to find it again. There were no crash barriers, just outsized bales of hay here and there.”

The mayhem was captured in Speed Merchants, Michael Keyser’s documentary about the 1972 sportscar season.  Clearly, Daniel’s seen it more than once, as he reveals what he’s expecting to take away from the trip. “I expect to learn how to avoid donkeys while driving a racing car at 300kph.”

Driver safety in the Alfa is as poor as it ever was. He is hemmed in on either side by two 60-litre petrol tanks. The steering wheel is so tiny and flat that it’s like being in a bumper car. No flappy-paddle gear changes here, just a clutch pedal and an H-gate. “I’ve only ever used that type of gear shift in Formula Ford,” Daniel says, “and I wasn’t all that good at it.”

The Alfa T33 weighs less than 700kg, while generating more than 400bhp and has a chassis that was state-of-the-art in its day. “It does what you expect it to: it’s a proper racing car!”

In his hands, the Alfa still flies over the Sicilian roads, although he has to respect the fact that they’re bumpy, slippery and he’s pinned inside a 42-year-old car.

But he had the time of his life: “I must ask my dad why my grandparents left Sicily,” He pauses to think. “Even if there wasn’t a donkey on the course this time, I now know one thing: I want an historic racing car.”

Photography – Jim Krantz

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