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Ricciardo apologizes for “aggressive,” profane criticism of F1’s media coverage

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 15: Nicholas Latifi of Canada and Williams and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 talk in a Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 15, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool). Credit: Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo has apologized before the Imola Grand Prix for his statements regarding Formula 1’s highlight reels. In the past, the McLaren driver had often accused Formula 1 of inserting and showing almost only crashes in the highlights.

Now the Australian regrets it and he said that he “certainly needs to be better with my choice of words” after being “too aggressive.”

“Even if I feel at the time it might be out of context, I know that it’s going to get pushed and so I should do better with that.”

While he apologized for being too aggressive, he would continue to stand behind his criticism regarding the performance of those in charge:

“Taking that direct comment away from it, I guess what I’m trying to get at is I feel like last year, as an example, was such an amazing year for F1. There was so many different podium-getters. There were a lot of exciting races. I certainly wouldn’t put it under a boring season. And I just felt like there was probably more room to expose the highs of the sport and the great achievements of a lot of individual drivers and individual performances and some spectacular overtakes… I felt like there was better stories to be told as opposed to just crashes.”

Ricciardo added that this puts Formula 1 and the drivers in a bad light: “We are the most talented drivers in the world and we’re driving these amazing cars. So normally a crash is showing less of our talents. I just feel it’s probably the way the sport is perceived, and we are perceived as drivers. We absolutely make mistakes, but I would probably highlight the highs more if I had creative control.”

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