McLaren cajoles Ricciardo with a very special bet

Should the Australian get on the podium in 2021, he will be able to drive his idol's car: Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo.


One of the many keys that every Formula 1 World Championship driver must achieve to be successful in the Grand Circus is to create the perfect atmosphere within the team so that everyone pushes in the same direction and works with the precision of a Swiss watch. An arduous challenge that, taking as a reference the 2021 Bahrain GP, Daniel Ricciardo seems to have already achieved in McLaren.

The Australian has repeated the brilliant strategy he carried out last year at Renault to gain the confidence of the technicians and senior leaders of the Woking team. In this sense, if last year the Australian opted to get a joint tattoo with Cyril Abiteboul in case of getting on the podium with the RS20, a situation he achieved at the Nürburgring and Imola appointments, this season Daniel will be able to drive the Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1984 by Dale Earnhardt if you uncork a bottle of Ferrari-Trento sparkling wine in the honor zone of Imola, Portimao, Montmeló, Monaco, Baku, Gilles Villenueve, Paul Ricard, Red Bull Ring, Silverstone, Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps, Zandvoort, Monza , Sochi, Marina Bay, Suzuka, Austin, Hermanos Rodríguez, Interlagos, Albert Park, Jeddah and Yas Marina.

Dale Earnhardt is Ricciardo's childhood idol

"Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Wrangler. Get that podium and the chance to drive it will be yours," Zak Brown tweeted to reveal the stake he had signed with Daniel Ricciardo. A very special challenge for the Perth driver as he wears the number 3 on the MCL35M in honor of this seven-time champion and Nascar legend who earned the nickname The Intimidator in the 1980s and 1990s for his ability to overtake very aggressive before being killed on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

"We have taken a fundamental step forward to fight for victories again in a few years", Andreas Seidl acknowledged in the Sakhir paddock after confirming at the Persian Gulf event that this year they have enough speed to establish themselves, with the permission of Ferrari, as the third set in contention after Mercedes and Red Bull. If someday someone fails ...

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