Daniel Ricciardo says there is no such thing as the perfect driver as he instead listed four top riders he believes make up the perfect Formula 1 competitor.
Ricciardo has been in the headlines the past week for his well-publicised move to McLaren, where he is replacing Ferrari-bound Carlo Sainz.
So it was probably a relief for the 30-year old to instead look back as he was asked to reflect on motorsports royalty and which drivers from Formula 1 history he would use to assemble the ‘ideal driver’.
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No surprises, Michael Schumacher is the first name that pops up.
Schumacher currently holds the record for most F1 World Championships with seven, although Lewis Hamilton has his sights on topping that number.
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The Red Baron also holds the record for most fastest career laps with 77 but Ricciardo says it is Schumacher’s persistence that earns him a spot on the list rather than his speed.
“I would choose Michael Schumacher because of how tenacious and persistent he is,” he told the Formula 1 magazine.
“I don’t think he was the fastest driver ever, but his determination really made the difference.”
Four-time F1 world champion and non-executive director at Renault Sport Alain Prost is the next name that Ricciardo mentions.
“Next on my list is Alain Prost’s intelligence, combined with his pure speed,” he said.
“And then Senna’s will to win every race at all costs.”
Prost had a fierce rivalry with the legendary Ayrton Senna.
His legacy still lives on over 25 years since his death and he is still idolised by developing drivers, looking to draw upon his win-at-all-costs attitude.
While his career was tragically cut short, Senna talent on the track was undeniable as he recorded 41 wins and 80 podium finishes from his 161 starts.
“Finally, Mario Andretti’s quality of moving smoothly from one formula class to another, as he did when he exchanged the Indycars for Formula 1,” Ricciardo said.