Ricciardo "at peace" with title ambitions

21 October 2021 20:21:10 GMTPlus11
Daniel Ricciardo still dreams of becoing world champion

Daniel Ricciardo has spent a decade aspiring to be world F1 champion without any joy and insists he's now "at peace" with the fact it may never happen.

The 32-year-old Australian is 6/5 to chalk up an eighth top-six finish of the season at this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin and is 50/1 to win it.

Back to winning ways

Ricciardo is certainly thinking of the race win and has every right to having returned to the winner's enclosure in 2021 with victory at Monza, his eighth career win and first since 2018.

Once upon a time the McLaren ace would have beaten himself up at the lack of race wins since. With Red Bull, back in 2014 and 2016, he was seen as a genuine title threat, eventually finishing third in the drivers' championship both times and was regarded as one of the most talented drivers on the track.

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Since then, however, he has never managed higher than fifth and this season finds himself down in eighth place having been upstaged by a number of his rivals, including team-mate Lando Norris.

Title no longer all-consuming

And Ricciardo insists that while he remains enormously ambitious he is also adamant he wants to continue having fun in the sport.

"I want to enjoy my time here in the sport," he told the Beyond The Grid podcast. "The goal is to be world champion, and I think that is why I will wake up every morning with the desire to do this. But I don't want that to dictate my whole happiness.

"I've been doing this 10 years. I'm not world champion yet, so there's no guarantee it will happen.

"I'm at peace with whatever happens, as long as I go out and leave it all on the track, I'll get fulfilment."

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