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Ricciardo ready to isolate after wild year

Daniel Ricciardo says he needs to get home to Australia after a “wild” roller-coaster ride of a year and he’s ready to endure the two weeks of tedious quarantine before finally being able to see his family again.

The Australian F1 star revealed on Thursday he’s prepared for the fortnight of staring at a hotel room ceiling back home after what he conceded had been a challenging season which had also featured the “biggest moment” of his career when he won the Italian Grand Prix.

In upbeat mood before his final race of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, McLaren driver Ricciardo, who currently lies eighth in the F1 drivers’ standings, admitted he couldn’t wait to get back to Western Australia, not having seen his family for so long.

“I’ll be staring at a hotel room ceiling for two weeks. So I’m going to go home. I need to, I need to get home. But it’s difficult, it is difficult to get back,” the 32-year-old told reporters.

“Unfortunately, they’re not making it easy, but it is what it is. And I’ll do that. I need to get home, see family and friends.

“Once I get out of the four walls, I should still get hopefully three or four weeks with friends and family. And it’s summer, so something to look forward to.”

Asked about whether his 2021 season, his first with the British team McLaren, had been the biggest emotional rollercoaster of his career, Ricciardo concurred, even though he was relieved to finally find some form in his new car after obvious early struggles.

He compared his up-and-down year to 2018 when he suffered a series of race retirements at Red Bull while also earning a couple of victories, including the Monaco Grand Prix.

“Thinking about the first half and then the highs, it’s been pretty wild. But I certainly reflect on the second half of the season. It’s much better than where I was kind of reflecting back in August,” said Ricciardo.

He reckoned that his victory at Monza, his first Grand Prix triumph since that 2018 Monaco triumph, had grown in significance in his mind.

“The more time that passes since Monza the more, actually, that I realise the effect. And I really do think it was the biggest moment, win, race, kind of day, if you will, of my motorsport career.”

Ricciardo also revealed that while he’s going through his quarantine back in Australia, he’ll at least be able to admire some new temporary tattoos depicting the face of his pal Fernando Alonso that currently adorn his left arm.

“Fernando just got me for Secret Santa!” he explained. “And along with a nice bottle of red, he also got me some temporary Fernando tattoos. They’re beautiful!

“I mean it looks pretty good. It’s the only athlete I’ve ever had tattooed on my arm, so I don’t want to knock it. He’s also got quite a nice tan as well. Look, he’s glowing in the sun!”

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