Daniel Ricciardo’s advice from F1 icon Felipe Massa amid form dip – ‘the talk is small’

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FELIPE MASSA has sympathised with Daniel Ricciardo following his F1 struggles of late, telling the McLaren driver to beat the latest criticism he is encountered.

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Components 1 veteran Felipe Massa has inspired Daniel Ricciardo to rise above the scrutiny he is encountered after failing to impress at McLaren. The previous Pink Bull man moved to Woking in 2021 however has mustered only a single podium end for the producer in 29 race begins.

That lack of outcomes hasn’t gone unnoticed, both, after McLaren chief govt officer Zak Brown hinted there have been “mechanisms” that might permit for Ricciardo to maneuver on this summer season. The Australian has even been confronted with hypothesis concerning retirement, although he is mentioned such discuss solely makes him need to succeed extra.

And Massa has put his religion in Ricciardo to bounce again following a tough 18 months. Having endured tough patches of his personal whereas racing for Ferrari, Williams and Sauber, the Brazilian known as on McLaren’s man to rise above the hate.

“I believe if you end up on the degree of Daniel Ricciardo, he’s an incredible driver, the extent he has as a driver is actually excessive, he’s unbelievable, so he can’t be fearful for this discuss,” Massa instructed F1TV through the Monaco post-race present. “As a result of this discuss is small in comparison with what he can do on the observe, so you’ll want to think about what you’ll want to do on the observe, you’ll want to think about ‘if I’ve the contract or not for subsequent 12 months, it doesn’t matter’.

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Daniel Ricciardo's advice from F1 icon Felipe Massa amid form dip - 'the talk is small'

Felipe Massa has inspired Daniel Ricciardo to rise above the criticism (Picture: Getty)

“You might want to put that inside. This isn’t the issue to fret [about], the issue is totally different, it’s to know the best way to be completely satisfied and the best way to get pleasure from, to provide the consequence.”

Ricciardo’s finest end to this point this season was a run to sixth in Melbourne, having failed to complete larger than twelfth in each different race. Lando Norris presently sits seventh within the drivers’ standings, in the meantime, 4 locations and 37 factors forward of his team-mate.

Massa went on to say Ricciardo wants to start out competing with a smile on his face as soon as once more, having seemingly misplaced a whole lot of his capacity to benefit from the sport. He highlighted that side of revelling in a single’s work, a sensation he is assured Ricciardo can recapture.

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Daniel Ricciardo's advice from F1 icon Felipe Massa amid form dip - 'the talk is small'

Daniel Ricciardo has struggled for type this 12 months (Picture: Getty)

“And you already know George Russell was saying [in Monaco] ‘I’m completely satisfied, I’m having fun with, issues are simple,'” added the South American. “You might want to be completely satisfied, you’ll want to benefit from the relationship with the group. And possibly he [Ricciardo] is simply needing to get the smile again and revel in.”

Ricciardo will look to provide his season a elevate and persuade bosses when the season resumes with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 12. His hopes of doing so look optimistic contemplating he gained the inaugural race in Baku again in 2017, although confidence (or a scarcity thereof) might show essential on this event.

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