“It was reiteration. You have bad days in the sport. One day is frustrating and you’re like ‘I hate race cars’ but the absence confirmed that I certainly love it and want to keep doing it."
As a world championship, team personnel spend a large amount of their time travelling between races, and Ricciardo believes the increased time with family in lockdown taught the paddock to appreciate "normal life" more.
“I think as a person it’s probably what I would say 99 per cent of everyone felt is some real appreciation for normal life or life as you previously had, an appreciation for being able to go out," he added.
“One thing I missed tremendously was concerts, live music. Being in a venue and having - it sounds gross now - but having sweaty people all around you. Just, I guess, the real freedom of travel which is something we are all accustomed to.
“We travel the world and at some point, it feels like a job but it’s a nice freedom that we have. So these are some things that I missed and certainly won’t take for granted in the future."
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