Daniel Ricciardo has responded in quintessential Daniel Ricciardo fashion after copping a brutal swipe from Netflix ahead of the release of season five of Drive to Survive.
The highly popular series was recently promoted across social media with the names of each episode released alongside frames from the relevant episodes.
And seemingly just as Ricciardo was starting to get over the pain of a disastrous 2022 season at McLaren, Netflix chose to stick the boot in, promoting the Ricciardo-focused episode seven of the upcoming season as ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’.
It was a brutal jab at the Aussie F1 star, who, while undoubtedly being one of the most popular drivers in the sport, has struggled immensely on the track since leaving Red Bull in 2018.
In his 2022 season for McLaren, the 33-year-old’s best finish was fifth-placed at the Singapore Grand Prix as he managed just 37 points across the whole campaign.
Ricciardo subsequently had his contract terminated early by McLaren, and will be replaced in 2023 by Aussie young gun Oscar Piastri.
However, Ricciardo, who’ll return to Red Bull as a reserve driver in 2023, was clearly in no mood for wallowing in his own self-pity as he took to Instagram with a cheeky response to Netflix and their savage writers.
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“At least I’m a good bloke,” the eight-time Grand Prix winner wrote in reply to F1’s Instagram post about the episode title.
His response quickly racked up more than 80,000 likes as F1 star showed once again why he’s the people’s champion.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s move to Red Bull as a reserve, rejecting race seat offers at smaller teams Williams and Haas, has been roundly criticised across the F1 paddock.
Journalist Will Buxton said: “I’d argue he stands to gain nothing.”
Former World Champion Jenson Button also criticised the move, saying he was taking a huge gamble on a “team where he thinks he can get a seat for 2024, otherwise it’s game over because you get forgotten after a year in F1.”
Despite Ricciardo’s projected A$36 million in earnings in 2023 off the back of his McLaren payout and Red Bull deal, his manager insists “none of this is about ego or unachievable demands.”
“This is about a man who was dealt a bad hand, now finding the right next opportunity.”
The fifth season of Drive to Survive will be released on Netflix in Australia at 7pm AEDT on Friday, February 24.
Story Credit: news.com.au