27/11/2019

Italian GP: ‘You realise you are not invincible’


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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author
Daniel Ricciardo went through exactly what could be described as a dark night of the spirit last Saturday.
Following the passing of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Grand Prix, the Renault driver went back into his hotel and asked whether it was all worth it. The answer did not come readily, however the Australian raced on Sunday.
Four days on, he sits down with BBC Sport in the beginning of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, also delve deep into what it requires to get a racing driver to confront his fears and race on in such difficult conditions.
“I definitely questioned it,” the 30-year-old Australian claims. “The stark reality is, I do love it too much. Racing did feel right in the end. Despite the fact that I didn’t really need to, once I did this, it was just like, OK, that really feels right and normal.”
For a very long time over a weekend it felt anything but ordinary.
“When you are a kid and you see it on TV, and you’re not current or not part of it,” Ricciardo states,”it seems like there’s some form of distance, or a disconnection to what’s happened.
“But if you are there and it occurs to one of your colleagues, also it is in the same race, it sounds more real, and it is like:’OK, that really can happen to anyone, and it is here, it’s current today.’
“The realisation of us not being invincible does set in. I understand my parents worry for me – you know, watching me race and travel the world every few days, and now being on a plane. You just question itis it really worth putting not just myself but family below the same amount of anxiety?”
At night of the accident, Ricciardo says, he”didn’t get much sleep, and for sure you are asking yourself questions, likely just fighting just a little piece with some anger and a shame of’why,’ you know?
“And then also fighting a few of the emotions of if I really get up and race everywhere? Could it be the right thing? Could it be the right thing to do for me?
“And I sort of did also think:’Let’s see how I feel by lunchtime, and if I’m still having any doubts then possibly the most powerful thing for me would be to not race’
“I sort of wanted to play it by ear. Just running through all these situations:’What if I feel in this way? Imagine if this?’
“By Sunday morning, I had a little more clarity. I wake up preparing myself for race day and did manage to sleep a bit. However, it felt weird and cold. It didn’t feel right to become eager to race to be happy to know there. It felt tick off the moments, and get the business finished.
“The lead-up into the race, I’d probably only clarify it as not very fun in terms of just it was tough to attempt to go through the motions and go through a regular when that has happened less than 24 hours ago. Plus, you know, drivers’ parade and that, you’re turning to fans, but you don’t feel being happy or grinning, I figure.
“It was hard, just trying to get into the zone, only trying to find any kind of rhythm.
“Getting in the car on Sunday wasn’t effortless, but it was more of a sadness than a fear and I think that it was significant I recognized that. If I had been getting in the car using a pure amount of fear, then it wouldn’t happen to be smart for me to race. I did understand that it was only a sadness.”
“After we sort of got going, it really felt like fairly great launch. It felt like a de-stress, only rival and racing. It was like flushing the system and that felt great Only going at those speeds.
“Following the race, for sure I was glad that it was done but I did feel much better than I did two hours prior to that.
“I will be frank, the race has been fun. It was good to be outside. And as much as I had been anticipating seeing the flag, I’d enjoy a race Sunday.”
The race, he says, acted as a form of catharsis.
“If something happens, you have just go to dive back into it, and that’s the best means of beating it. And I believe that’s exactly what the race has been for us. I told myself small things’Just go whenever possible. Leave the pits and go, and try to enter that mode. Don’t tip-toe around. Don’t over-think certain locations on the monitor.’
“I recall I got out of those pits, drifted out, and compelled me to put in that mindset straight away.”
That can be a reference to his thoughts about going through Raidillon. It is a component of the notorious Eau Rouge swerves, a left-hander over the brow of a hill taken flat out in over 180mph.
“I told me :’Go whole throttle, and simply don’t over-think this corner, so don’t over-think any of it’ From these pits… maintained it full. That really was a relief but it felt great to get out there and do this. And that told me I was prepared to go.
“I think if I was, large lift and scared, then that could be a indication that maybe I shouldn’t be on the track at the moment. I suppose I wanted to do that to test myself and then it all felt right.”
Can he speak to the other motorists about it?
“I got to speak to some few. This season, I only met with Anthoine. The Renault Academy boys clearly spent a great deal of time with him and that I saw them Sunday morning. I spoke to a couple of these Saturday night as well, just over text.
“They’d completed training camps collectively. They are a family. They’re younger as well. That’s where I believed I could try and be a tiny bit of, in certain ways, a father figure to them and comfort them. I was feeling it, however they were more so. We gave all a kiss to each other on Sunday morning. We tried to chat over it a bit.
“And then with all the other drivers, I spoke to some of them, but before the race you can see everyone kind of wanted to be in their own.
“Waiting to the motorist parade, we’re just standing out there. There really are a few handshakes or hugs however you could sort of tell everyone was just attempting to get ready for the race and it was a demanding one. After the raceI talked to largely the French motorists, who I understood were nearest to Anthoine.”
Hubert is not. The last F1 driver was that the Frenchman Jules Bianchi, who suffered head injuries in a crash. Ricciardo had come up with Bianchi through the rankings and they were close buddies.
“Jules’ [departure ] struck me quite difficult,” Ricciardo states. “In a way, maybe not disrespecting it, I was very amazed how hard it hit me. I didn’t expect it to hit on me so hard and for it to survive – the despair and the damage from this extended over some period.
“With last weekend, you think time kind of cures everything, and it was like, OK, nothing’s happened for a while and with great reason. The game’s got safer and we’re in a good location. And then it occurs. And it is a shock.
“It is an anger that it’s happened again. We thought we’d moved on from this. It’s when it’s refreshed in your mind again and it’s there in front of you, it is difficult not to take it with trouble.”
Has it altered his outlook?
“Originally, it did change. It does be cured by time. Those emotions that are initial that are intense did gradually fizzle out.
“With the Jules one, I felt just as though my purpose and intent after that has been,’OK, when we are going to strap ourselves to these cars, and if we’re all mindful of the risk, it does not make sense to head in half-heartedly. If we’re going to do it, go in, and allow it to be rewarding.’
“I felt just like Jules’ passing form of made me adopt the racer even more so. And to be honest this will probably end up having the identical effect.
“I did not have that kind of fear in the race. And before that fear measures, I will only use it. However many years I really do it, I can say I did it right.”
It can be hard to understand how a racing driver can compartmentalise their fears this way, or even the uniqueness of the sort of character needed to do a job they know can kill them, but to go ahead and do it anyway because they appreciate it so much that they can not stop.
Can Ricciardo clarify what exactly causes F1 drivers ready to live with that contradiction?
He pauses for a couple of seconds.
“Really I get goosebumps,” he states,”because I don’t really understand how or why.
“On Saturday nightI felt in no place to drive a race car on exactly the exact identical track the next moment. But getting out of the pits and going through Raidillon and all that, it was weird how ordinary and natural it felt. And I can not explain that.
“It is probably just when you have a deep fascination and love to get something, that is the result. I surprised myself, In all honesty. And we did on Sunday.
“I did not expect to like any part of the race, so regardless of where I finished. But I really did that rush of racing, and enjoy being back out there. Yes, it had been still in your mind, naturally. But we’re ready to place it to one side for an instant, I can’t explain how or why. It will surprise me”
Ricciardo is known for his gung-ho style, along with his assaulting successes, frequently made possible by on-the-edge overtaking moves where he yells the car down the inside of an opponent in an impossible space back. How does the dangers be rationalised by him, on knowing that an injury is always a chance carry?
“You have got to at all times control the controllables,” he states. “In my own case, I suppose never become reckless.
“Following the race at times you may see me provide a driver the finger show my type of anger. But I tried to educate myself become reckless and also to not let the emotion take more than the driver in the race.
“Yes, I’ve tried some late overtakes in my own time and I’ve completed some moves which may appear risky, but there’s always a level of calculation and control in that and it has never done only on emotion.
“So I’ll not let myself get reckless or place myself in a situation I don’t need to be in. Yes, I want to take risks and be on that line that is . But you ought to be sensible enough not to over-step it and also I think I’m able to do this.
“From this perspective, I’m comfy hopping in the vehicle. There technical and failures stuff’s thing that could fail. That is an uncontrollable out of my side. Can’t really consider these really. And in case you know they are there and current at times, as soon as you get going and set the helmet on, you don’t think about it.
“It is one of the things that when it happens in the incorrect place or the wrong corner, then what exactly do you do? You have got to put that motive in your head that it might have occurred on the way into the circuit, so it could have occurred on the road.”
It’s for racing drivers to discuss threat and the possibility of death so rare.
Safety is discussed each weekend in F1, but it in an abstract level – everything do people do about this trap, or this obstruction?
The death of hubert has brought it front and centre. Is it difficult is it to discuss it?
“Of course it is tough to deal with something that is genuine and has occurred,” Ricciardo states,”however, it will help to talk about it. Having the comfort of everyone else last weekend and being on the grid together, and speaking to some of the other motorists… yeah, it’s not fun speaking about it, but additionally, it can help relieve any emotions or feelings.
“I think just knowing that you’re in precisely the exact identical boat with someone else, knowing that you are not alone feeling how you do, which helps.
“Being a part of a group or a neighborhood. This has been where you realisethere are rivalries or anything, but a rivalry on course doesn’t say how much we all have in common and how far we do really feel and care for each other.
“It is hard but it does feel nice to get some of it off your chest.”
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“It is one of the things that when it happens in the incorrect place or the wrong corner, then what exactly do you do? You have got to put that motive in your head that it might have occurred on the way into the circuit, so it could have occurred on the road.”
It’s for racing drivers to discuss threat and the possibility of death so rare.
Safety is discussed each weekend in F1, but it in an abstract level – everything do people do about this trap, or this obstruction?
The death of hubert has brought it front and centre. Is it difficult is it to discuss it?
“Of course it is tough to deal with something that is genuine and has occurred,” Ricciardo states,”however, it will help to talk about it. Having the comfort of everyone else last weekend and being on the grid together, and speaking to some of the other motorists… yeah, it’s not fun speaking about it, but additionally, it can help relieve any emotions or feelings.
“I think just knowing that you’re in precisely the exact identical boat with someone else, knowing that you are not alone feeling how you do, which helps.
“Being a part of a group or a neighborhood. This has been where you realisethere are rivalries or anything, but a rivalry on course doesn’t say how much we all have in common and how far we do really feel and care for each other.
“It is hard but it does feel nice to get some of it off your chest.”
The Capture: A dramatic conspiracy
Analysis and opinion from the BBC’s chief Formula 1 author.
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Read more here: http://www.cetemet.es/?p=41135