Daniel Ricciardo is the current McLaren F1 Team driver who was born in Perth, Australia and made his F1 debut for the small HRT team in 2011.
Daniel is considered one of the funniest guys on the F1 grid and over the years has developed into a fun character to be around.
Daniel is commonly known as the ‘Honey Badger’ on the F1 circuit and through this article we’ll take a look at why that is.
Ricciardo has sported an image of a honey badger on his racing helmet for several years and has previously said: “it can refer to the animal.”
Found primarily in Asia and Africa, the honey badger is a thick-skinned, strong mammal. It is known for its toughness and defensive instincts and has been observed attacking prey that it outperforms.
Daniel Ricciardo believes he shares some characteristics of a “honey badger”.
Ricciardo believes he has some similarities with the mammal, hence the nickname Honey Badger.
“It is said to be the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom‘ he told Red Bull in 2014.
“He looks quite cute and cuddly on sight, but as soon as someone crosses his territory in a way that makes him uncomfortable, he turns into a savage.”
“He goes for everything – tigers and pythons, he turns around very quickly but he’s a good guy.”
Daniel Ricciardo has all the attributes he has described as we have all seen his driving style in Formula 1 and he is a gentleman who is not afraid of anyone on the track.
Ricciardo is one of the most sociable guys when he’s off the track and when it comes to ‘on track’ action he doesn’t shy away from a challenge and that was one of the main reasons he’s an 8-time Grand Prix Winner and has managed to climb onto the F1 podium an impressive 32 times.
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