McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo revealed that he knows next to nothing about mechanics and the engineering bits of F1.
Ricciardo is one of the best drivers on the grid and had the ability to be one with any car. However, it seems he is unaware of what makes the car tick, as evident from his admission on the Gypsy Tales podcast.
As quoted by Racingnews365.com, Ricciardo revealed that he knows next to nothing about mechanics, and insisted that he focuses only on driving.
“It’s funny because my mates will say, ‘Dude, you are driving these multimillion-dollar cars’, with the most technology – the most advanced machinery, pretty much, in the world,” he said.
“Yet, you might (just about) know how to change a spark plug. You might know how to take off your tyre, but I like that!
“I like not really knowing a whole lot. I like investing more of my energy into the driving and I like just being a little bit blase about it all.
“It makes me approach it with a bit more of a carefree attitude and I think that helps me (to) drive better, perform better and take the pressure off it.”
“Where I’m good with my driving, (it’s) feedback,” he said.
“I think I’m really good at feeling what the car does and relaying that back to the team. So that’s probably as technically sound as I get but, otherwise, yeah, I’m not really one (for that).
“It was hard coming from Australia, getting into F1 and that world. I’m sure there are many parts around the world which are pretty disconnected from it, and Perth is certainly one of those.
“I was obviously good, but I wasn’t dominating, and there was no real signs or early signs to tell me that I was going to make it. I was definitely a bit overwhelmed by it, at first.
“It was a bit of a learning process to try to get comfortable with it and, ultimately, believe in myself that I belong there,” he concluded.