Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo has responded in a manner that proves why he is the people’s champion after being trolled by Netflix ahead of the release of Drive to Survive’s fifth season.
Netflix took to social media to whet the appetite of fans ahead of the fifth instalment of the popular Drive to Survive series.
The streaming platform released the names of all its episodes with a driver in each frame.
Ricciardo has not had the greatest runs in F1 recently, having seen his tenures at Renault and McLaren end far from satisfactorily following his exit from Red Bull.
McLaren was a disappointing experience for the Honey Badger in particular, who may have ended the team’s decade-long wait for a race win, but still saw himself consistently come up short against teammate Lando Norris.
Ricciardo’s photo was used by Netflix in its poster for the seventh episode, with the title reading ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’.
There’s no doubt that it was a cheap shot taken by Netflix, but the manner in which Ricciardo responded showed just how much Ricciardo has matured despite his recent struggles in the sport.
Last season was exceptionally disappointing for Ricciardo, whose best finish was fifth place at the Singapore Grand Prix and he ended the campaign with just 37 points.
His contract was subsequently terminated by the team, who roped in fellow Australian Oscar Piastri as his replacement.
Ricciardo wins hearts with epic response to Netflix troll
Ricciardo has since returned to Red Bull following his exit in 2018 and there is a suspicion that Max Verstappen is pushing for his entry on the back of his severed relations with teammate Sergio Perez.
Danny Ricc may not have made the headlines for the right reason, but his response was absolutely on point and his fans would have undoubtedly loved the way he reacted to Netflix’s troll.
Episode 6 – Pardon my French pic.twitter.com/wKnSyWNCAf— Fastest Pitstop (@FastestPitStop) February 16, 2023
“At least I’m a good bloke,” Ricciardo wrote in reply to F1’s Instagram post about the episode title.
His response was met with over 80,000 likes at the time of writing and it showed that he still enjoys a wide fan following despite his recent struggles in F1 and it rightfully lived up to his billing as ‘The People’s Champion‘.
Ricciardo interestingly snubbed offers from smaller teams for a full-time role ahead of linking up with Red Bull as a reserve.
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