Ellen DeGeneres weirded Daniel Ricciardo out with her questions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The McLaren driver was a guest on Thursday’s episode of Ellen’s show. He appeared ahead of the upcoming Mexican GP to talk all things personal and professional.
The host quizzed Ricciardo about Drive to Survive, Netflix’s F1 series that brought in a lot of fans to the sport. Following that, Ellen DeGeneres weirded Ricciardo out with questions regarding nature’s call.
“You don’t even have time to think, ‘I’m thirsty’ or anything like that. You can’t even think about that. And what if you have to pee? What if you drink before you get in the car?”
Ricciardo laughed and answered, “It’s a question we get asked a lot, ‘Have you ever peed in the car?’
“Everyone can relate to peeing, you need to relax. And it’s hard to relax driving at those speeds.
“I’ve never done it. If you have to go, you just painfully hold on until the end, but every bump, every little kerb you hit hurts.”
Ellen also asked Ricciardo why fitness is very important for a racing driver, and what happens inside the car.
“It’s intense. You’re right, a lot of people say, ‘Well why do you need to be fit? I drive my car to work every day and it’s a breeze,’ Ricciardo explained.
“The races are 90 minutes long. There’s what’s called G-forces and because we corner so fast, there’s like four or five Gs on our body, and that is a force which is trying to basically pull us out of the car.
“So we need a lot of core strength, neck strength to basically just hold on. And we can lose up to between eight to ten pounds (3.5-4.5 kg) in a race,” he concluded.