After such a brutal season, it’s good to see Daniel Ricciardo with a smile on his face again.
But the 33-year-old Aussie may have to call the Italian a little less after he called McLaren team-mate Lando Norris an “a-hole” four times in a hilarious interview.
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The Italian word “stronzo” has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. After confirming that Norris was standing behind him during a TV interview at the French Grand Prix when the OCC finished ninth, Ricciardo said: “Stronzo, no?” he said.
“You don’t have to talk,” the interviewer continued, trying to save Western Australia.
But “isn’t that a good word?” It didn’t stop Ricciardo from repeating the phrase three times before asking.
“No,” said the interviewer. It’s a bad word.”
“Scusa, like bad?” asked Ricardo. he said .
Interviewer: “Yes, more bad than good.
As soon as the OC finishes the camera chat, Norris walks up next to Ricciardo.
Fortunately Ricciardo has a few more weeks to test the Italian as the Grand Prix at Monza, where the Aussie won last year, doesn’t take place until the weekend of September 9-11.
Ricciardo finished ninth for the season after his ninth in Austria, while Paul Ricciardo was in fine form in post-race interviews after finishing ninth overnight.
It has been a tough season for Ricciardo as he is rumored to be forced out of his McLaren seat.
He finished 12th in the Constructors’ Championship by 19 points – 51 points behind McLaren stablemate Norris in seventh.
McLaren claimed a double points finish in France, with Ricciardo ninth and Norris seventh, but the team finished tied for fourth on the Alpine constructors’ ladder.
Alpine were the better side as Fernando Alonso crossed the line sixth and Esteban Ocon overtook Ricciardo late to finish eighth.
Sky Sports’ Rachel Brooks asked Ricciardo after the race whether he felt he was stuck in an “alpine sandwich” but “the pace between the two of you is very similar”.
“Yes, I think they were faster today. If we’re geographically correct, I’d call it an Alpine baguette,” Ricciardo replied.
Brooks asked, “Do you want one? Or because we have France. Bag should not be filled at all.
“Yes it does. You can have a ham and salad baguette,” Riccardo laughed.
More seriously, he added, “They were fast. I tried to hold Esteban until she could but in the end it was clear that he had me there (turn) 10.
“The first part of the points I feel like I can stay with him, and then when they get a little bit out of tire or speed, that’s when I start dropping and I lose the grip that keeps me there. They. That tail out and not being able to get more of it is where the race gets away from me.”
Asked what he would give the day out of 10, Ricciardo replied: “Minus-46?” he shouted. As his smile broke out before nodding knowingly.
P9 may not have been enough to silence everyone for Ricciardo Blood, but 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg says it was a good weekend for Australia.
“I think it’s good to congratulate Daniel on the weekend because he was only a tenth (of a second) away from Lando in qualifying,” Rosberg commented to Sky Sports.
“So in the race, he’s right there with him at race pace, he’s stuck behind him. I think it’s a good weekend for Daniel. He is on the right track to find his way again.”