73 Daniel Ricciardo Quotes from Italian-Australian Racing Driver

Daniel Ricciardo, an Italian-Australian racing driver, has distinguished himself as one of Australia’s most successful Formula 1 (F1) competitors in the mid-2010s.

Born in 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, Ricciardo embarked on his racing career at just nine years old with kart racing.

His talents in motor racing soon became apparent, with him quickly ascending the competitive ranks.

Daniel Ricciardo

In 2006, Ricciardo received a scholarship that initiated his journey in the junior Formula BMW series, followed by transitions to Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3 racing.

Ricciardo marked his Formula 1 debut with the Spanish team HRT in 2011.

The subsequent year, he raced for the Italian team Scuderia Toro Rosso, owned by Austrian beverage company Red Bull.

In 2014, he joined the Red Bull team, securing his first Grand Prix victory in Canada, followed by wins in Hungary and Belgium.

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By the end of 2020, Ricciardo had 31 podium finishes in Grand Prix events, with 7 first-place victories.

He moved to the Renault team in 2019, dropping to ninth overall, but climbed back to sixth in the 2020 season.

Ricciardo announced his switch to the McLaren team starting from the 2021 season.

His racing journey and success in the F1 World Championships are documented in the Netflix series, Formula 1: Drive to Survive.

Daniel Ricciardo last raced in Formula One driving for McLaren.

Let’s go through some of his quotes.

Best Daniel Ricciardo Quotes


You can’t always win – although we always try! ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I like a good protein and fat breakfast, so avocado, bacon, eggs, and some veggies. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I’m the most ripped guy on the grid, let’s just say that. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I don’t really cook much to be honest. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I will always find a way to find a positive from things. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


If you like going a certain way, then be bold and do it. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


Pressure’s what you make of it. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

The way I see it is if I can’t be happy doing this job, which is my dream job, then what’s going to make me happy in life? ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

There have been times in my career when people thought I was a pushover, especially as they saw me as this smiley guy. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


The day I do get a championship-winning car, I will run with it. I will capitalise on every part of that beautiful thing. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

This sport’s crazy. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Because of my schedule and dietary requirements, I don’t party a lot, but when I can let my hair down, I will; I think that’s healthy. I love a weekend in Vegas. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I don’t see my family often enough, but when we do catch up, it’s somewhere new in the world. They get to travel more than they would if I wasn’t doing this sport. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Famous Daniel Ricciardo Quotes

When I came into Red Bull, everyone thought, ‘He’s just the happy, nice guy; he’s fast, but he can’t race hard with these top guys.’ That was a reputation I had to dismiss. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I top up my endurance with running and cycling because in a race, your heart rate is up at 150, so we have to train at that level. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I do a bit of Brazilian ju-jitsu when I can. I like a bit of that. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I like having as many team-mates as possible. It’s great, because the more people you can learn off, the better I think it will make you as a driver. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

People have seen now I am a racer, and I have big intentions in the sport, and I am prepared to get my shoulders out if I need to. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

On a bad day, I’ll still have a conscious thing in my mind reminding me that what I think of as a bad day is still a very good day in probably 90% of the world’s population’s eyes. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

A lot of times when I was younger, whether it was in go-karting, or when I first started out in a new category, I would sit behind someone throughout a race. I didn’t have the confidence in that environment to take some risks. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I train five-and-a-half out of seven days and do a combination of exercise. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

People might call me a liar for this, but I want a fast teammate, I think for two reasons: it’s always going to get more out of yourself, and it’s always going to be a more true evaluation of where you stand. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Top Daniel Ricciardo Quotes

If I win the title, I want to know I was the best guy that year, and to be the best, you’ve got to go against the best. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

When you spend time working on something for a time period, and then it doesn’t correlate, it decreases in your motivation. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I’d prefer no practices and just Saturday, Sunday. Just qualify Saturday morning, race Saturday afternoon, and race again Sunday. Less laps of nonsense and more laps of meaningful business. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

In racing, things start coming up quicker, and the slipstream is stronger, so even judging in the mirrors how quick the cars are approaching isn’t always easy. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Singing is definitely something I’m not good at. I wish I could be good at it, but that’s a skill I definitely don’t have. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I’m sure there are some things I’m not good at. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I enjoyed physical education and lunch time. The social aspect of school was great, but as soon as I left school, I wanted to get out there and race. I couldn’t sit still for long. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Everything you can learn from is an opportunity to become stronger. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I feel like even if I was to, say, trip and fall over on the way to the car and scratch all my arm, by the time I got in the car, it would be blacked out in my head. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Since I got to F1, and especially since I got to Red Bull Racing, I said, ‘I don’t want to have any regrets. I’ve got a chance now in a top team. I want to leave it all on the table.’ ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I’ve learned what F1 is like, and it is an extremely competitive sport on and off the track. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I’m in this sport to win but win by being the best, not by being lucky. ~ Daniel Ricciardo. If I am going to race, I will put everything on the line. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I had a very successful 2014, but I have got to keep aiming for bigger and better things, so the world title is my goal. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

It’s a complex sport; you’re always learning. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I think once you get into the routine of race weekends, and there’s more of a structure, it gets a bit easier. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I signed a dog collar. Someone gave me their dog – a live dog – and I signed its collar. When they handed me the dog, I didn’t know what to do. That was weird. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I will be happier if I crash by trying than not trying and running around behind the same guy for 70 laps. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Normally, if I don’t qualify as well as I think I can, I seem to carry a little chip on my shoulder for the race, and that normally helps me out. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I would love to do a one-off race somewhere – NASCAR would be awesome. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Being an F1 driver is a crazy job but not what everyone expects. My year consists of 20% driving and 80% media, marketing, and travel. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Wise Daniel Ricciardo Quotes

When you’re young, the temptation is maybe to think, ‘More is more.’ But a lot of the time less is more. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

To have a home Grand Prix is awesome, so just to go there is already a buzz. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


In the end, you have to just pull the trigger. Trust the car, trust the brakes, just go. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I try to send out a good message – I sometimes get asked for advice for leaving home and trying to ‘make it’ overseas. I would always say think long term, and think bigger picture: make the sacrifice. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

For my family, it was quite emotional because it has always been a dream of mine to be in Formula 1. For them, to see it come true was quite a special feeling. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I’ve definitely got better over the years at conserving my energy in pre-season – at knowing what to focus on and what to let go. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I would like it to be remembered; I would love to be World Champion one day and have my name on the list. That is the real dream – although I am sure it is the dream for pretty much all the Formula 1 drivers. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I try to wake up naturally but set an alarm so I don’t sleep in too late. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I don’t like letting anyone down. Not many people get satisfaction out of letting others down. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I love coming to America to race. Maybe that’s because I’m a big fan of NASCAR as well. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Inspiring Daniel Ricciardo Quotes

I’ve never really been too fussed about the kind of teammate I have. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

If I am putting myself out there and taking some of these risks, then I want to do it properly. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I know people fear me when they see me in their mirrors. It’s a good position to be in because they know they need to defend to the limit. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


You’re never perfect in this sport; there is always something to learn. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Every time I get in the car, I’m just focused on being the fastest, trying to win the race, trying to get pole. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Music is how I unwind. I love going to see bands or DJs at a festival or a dive bar. My taste is pretty diverse. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Pretty much all the drivers I get on with, at least to say ‘Hi’ and have a conversation. But when the helmet’s on, you don’t care who it is. You have no sympathy: someone blows an engine in front of you, if it means you gain a position, then you’re smiling. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I like high speed corners, but with the F111, it is taking a little time to build up to that. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I’m very competitive. If I have to ‘turn it on,’ I know how to. The switch isn’t hard to find, don’t worry. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

Sometimes you have a bad day, and you’re like, ‘I’m over this, and I just want to play tennis,’ or do another sport that doesn’t require any other variables, but then you have a good day, and it’s like, it’s amazing, and the success makes up for it. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I feel I am promoting the sport well in Australia with what I’m doing on an international level. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

In Formula 1, you need a great level of endurance because the races are long, so you need a pretty good base endurance. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I love music which helps me get focused and keeps my thoughts away from other things. The music gets heavier as the race gets closer, and my warm up routine starts to get a bit more intense with heart rates, etc. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I love mountain-biking or any form of bikes, like dirt bikes; I love getting out there, although obviously I have to be careful. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I enjoy being outdoors, hanging out with friends, and maybe snapping the neck off a couple of beers. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I’m not very patient. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.


I loved a lot of motorsports, but as far as the ovals go, I was more into NASCAR. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

I know what I want, and the performance side is more important than ticking the money box. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

The car is a big part of it, but you need to be a good driver to get the equipment to the top. You need both. ~ Daniel Ricciardo.

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