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The Inside Line - on Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo 18 May 2012

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 19 April 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 13 April 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 19 April 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 16 March 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 13 April 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 23 March 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25 March 2012

He may be one of the newest faces on the grid, but Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo is quickly establishing himself as a talent to watch for the future. We caught up with Ricciardo to find out about what makes him tick off the track and the Australian had a few surprises in store. After likening himself to a honey badger, he revealed his fear of sharks, a love of chocolate, and more…

Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Daniel Ricciardo:
I get excited very easily, so I think a lot about things that I want to do, for example for Christmas with my friends, holidays that I will take in a few months, things like that. And sometimes that follows me into my sleep… or lack of sleep! (laughs)

Q: If you could banish one thing from your life forever, what would that be?
DR:
What could that possibly be? I must say I am quite happy and I don’t have anything that I feel is pulling me down, so there is not really something that would deserve the need for banishment.

Q: What’s been your most valuable ‘life’ lesson?
DR:
There was one karting race when I was something like 14 years-old. I was in second place and I said to myself I will wait until the last lap and then I will then get him. On the corner I had planned to pass him, he defended and I didn’t expect that and he won the race. So what I took home from that day was that you shouldn’t wait forever to make your move.

Q: What do you admire?
DR:
People who follow their dreams and do what they love. Not just sport - in anything.

Q: If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
DR:
I would say that whatever you do make sure you have fun doing it, on a professional level and with discipline, of course. Because when you stop having fun you lose your edge and your performance will suffer.

Q: If your racing career ended after this season what would you do with the rest of your life?
DR:
I would love to stay in racing and I would look for another championship. But if racing was to finish completely, I have no idea. I would love to settle for another sport, but I am afraid that I would then be too old to take it to a really professional level. I don’t think that I would start studying something - I don’t think that’s something I would enjoy.

Q: What animal best reflects your personality?
DR:
A honey badger. It is a very aggressive animal and of course quite cute… (laughs)

Q: What is more important in life than winning?
DR:
Happiness. That’s the key.

Q: What would you spend your last dollar on?
DR:
Chocolate. But anyway you don’t get a lot for a dollar these days so it would be an allowable amount that wouldn’t break the scales!

Q: What is your greatest weakness?
DR:
Being too nice sometimes. In life it is not a weakness, but maybe it is on the circuit. But I will get over it. And for another try… being too sexy? (laughs)

Q: What is your favourite smell?
DR:
I love the smell of vanilla.

Q: What’s your ultimate comfort food?
DR:
Obviously chocolate and ice cream.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?
DR:
I throw my suitcase on the floor and go straight to the fridge to search for food. I then sit on the couch and watch TV. A perfect couch potato!

Q: Q: What scares you?
DR:
Sharks and snakes.

Q: What tastes like home?
DR:
Sun and fresh air - and the smell of the ocean. I live just five minutes from the ocean and I enjoy it every time I take a deep breath of the ocean air.

Q: If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
DR:
Home. Australia.

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