F1 star Daniel Ricciardo makes raw confession about his biggest mistake during time with Red Bull

Brutally honest Daniel Ricciardo makes raw confession about his biggest mistake during his time with Red Bull – and admits he was ‘humbled’ when he struggled badly at McLaren

  • Ego was Daniel Ricciardo’s undoing in his eyes
  • Fan favourite is in his second stint with Red Bull
  • Now a reserve driver, was on the grid from 2014-2018

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted a selfish attitude was his undoing during his first stint with Red Bull as he endures his first year without an F1 drive since 2010.

The Perth-born star , 33, shocked F1 fans when he defected to Renault in 2018 – and when reflecting on the move believes he had a sense of entitlement when on the books of Red Bull across four seasons.

‘Looking back at 2018 … it was all about me, me, me,’ Ricciardo told the Athletic.

‘At times, I reacted a little too selfishly to a bad weekend.

‘Now, I’m back with the [Red Bull] team, but I’d say it’s a very selfless role. I’ve got no hidden agenda.¬†

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted a selfish attitude was his undoing during his first stint with Red Bull between 2014 and 2018

Ricciardo in happier times with Red Bull after winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix back in 2018 - one of the top highlights of his career

Ricciardo in happier times with Red Bull after winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix back in 2018 – one of the top highlights of his career

‘I’m trying to build myself back up.’

Ricciardo then moved to McLaren in 2020 – and the results were grim.

He admitted to being ‘humbled’ by the lack of success he experienced with the famous team as a shocking run of poor form saw his F1 contract ended a year early.

He was sensationally replaced by fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri, leaving the fan favourite in the wilderness.

After pondering his future, he elected to be a reserve driver for Red Bull – and is now adamant his desire to succeed has returned – as well as a better attitude.

‘I soon¬†realised that OK, I’m not perfect,’ Ricciardo added.

‘If I was to get back on the grid, of course the hunger would be filled to the top.

‘But it wouldn’t be coming from a place where my ego or pride is getting in the way.

‘It’s accepting that it’s not always going to be perfect. It’s just a reality of life.’

Ricciardo also stated while he isn’t fully committed to a comeback, the feeling is ‘brewing’ each day.