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Sometimes I lose my home in Australia

( – Daniel Ricciardo was able to do so after the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix last year Unexpected break on family farm in Australian landscape Until the late start of the 2020 Formula 1 season, the ongoing epidemic was that he had not been able to travel home since.

Daniel Ricciardo loses his homeland – which is why he gives so much more in his work

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“My flight was on June 1st (2020; editor’s note), so I’ve been away from home for over a year,” McLaren Driver reveals. It goes without saying that these days it gets stuck in my nerves: “I lose my home, I lose my family and friends, it’s just me down.”

This is a drawback, for example, compared to other drivers based in Europe. “Even if they do not live at home, if they live in Europe, they can probably be only 30 minutes or a short flight – like most of them. It makes it so much easier for them to see family and friends.”

Nonetheless, Ricciardo can see something good in this situation: “The positive thing is, it motivates me, it motivates me, because I know it’s okay if I make these sacrifices and stay away from family and friends,” the Australian said.

“I miss some events. The family gets older and grandparents, life goes on. So, if I come here and miss the important things I appreciate so much, I think to myself, I’m doing well. Otherwise it’s nothing.”

“So I use it as a drive. 100 percent,” Ricciardo continues. “Last week I was at home in Monaco and had a good week of training. To be honest, I’m an extra driver with a lot of stressful situations. So I do this for the right reasons.”

But that doesn’t protect him from one thing: “This year has probably been home for me since I left home in 2007, and I know it well,” the 31-year-old said.