Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that his crash at the Dutch Grand Prix which left him sidelined for five races was ‘pretty pathetic.’
Ricciardo’s F1 career looked to be under threat when he departed McLaren at the end of the 2022 season, leaving him low on confidence and out of love with the sport.
Fast forward a year and he seems back to his old self after making his dramatic return with AlphaTauri, replacing Nyck de Vries from Hungary onwards.
Ricciardo: 'Zandvoort crash was pretty pathetic'
Speaking with motorsport.com, Ricciardo opened up on how the time away from the cockpit gave him a different perspective on his career and life.
He said: “When you go through something, obviously it can change you a little bit and give you maybe a different perspective, or make you appreciate the good times more or understand how to handle the low.
“Or when you were down, maybe then you realise what's important to you and what isn't.
“So, just through all of that stuff, I think you learn a lot about yourself. And I think coming out of it, I realised that I still really love this, I still do believe in myself.”
“I just felt hungry and motivated again, like my old self, and I was loving it. So then for that to happen, it did temporarily take a bit of wind out of my sails," he explained.
“I just tried to think ahead, to the quickest way I can get better and recover again, and I just refused to let the hard work I'd put in the whole year to get back to that place come undone because of an injury."
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