Daniel Ricciardo had F1’s coolest summer break

IT’S no secret Daniel Ricciardo is the coolest guy in Formula 1 at the moment.

But, just to cement his place as the best export to come from Australia since the Dunkaroo, the Red Bull Racing driver has been having possibly the raddest summer break imaginable.

Between calling bullshit on defending champion Lewis Hamilton’s training photos, and attending music festivals, Ricciardo visited LA for a full day of cool cars.

Los Angeles is renowned for its immense and diverse car culture, and Riccardo attempted to see as much of it as possible – with a few mates in tow.

Between cruising through the streets in authentic lowriders, terrorising Hollywood in a bona-fide old school hot rod, and carving the Malibu canyons in an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, we can’t think of a better way to spend a day.

When he isn’t making us all insanely jealous by driving cool cars, Ricciardo spent his time off from racing by winning at social media.

It started with calling out Lewis Hamilton’s gratuitous post claiming he was continuing his intense training regime every day of the break, labelling the claim as “bullshit”.

Proving he doesn’t take himself too seriously, the Aussie also uploaded a hilarious and endearing video of his attempt at rapping. We’ll give you an “A” for effort, Danny, but don’t give up the driving gig just yet.

Ricciardo’s summer break is breath of fresh air in an era of PR and image-driven drivers too afraid to step out of their comfort zone. It is great to see one of the fastest men on four wheels let his hair down and keep his down-to-earth attitude.

Keeping with the Aussie tradition, the Honey Badger has been bringing his mates along to join in the antics.


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