‘Ricciardo can thank Netflix for his F1 profession – he is a product of social media’

Formula One favorite Daniel Ricciardo was verbally savaged by ex-world champion Jacques Villenueve.

The jolly Aussie has lengthy been a favorite of followers since rising on the F1 scene with Red Bull in 2011 as a fresh-faced 22-year-old and that has continued all through the 13-year profession Ricciardo has skilled on the prime stage of racing.

However, it appears that evidently not all are followers of the Perth-born driver, following the surprisingly harsh feedback aimed toward him by Villenueve – who gained a world championship in 1997 with Williams.

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The Canadian went off on Ricciardo, claiming the one purpose the eight-time Grand Prix winner, 34, nonetheless retains a drivers’ spot is due to his recognition on social media. “Ricciardo is a pure product of image and modern day social media,” the 52-year-old advised

“You can’t base his long career on results. You just can’t. They don’t stack up.” He went on to say that the RB Racing star can thank Netflix for his prolonged profession, given the screen-time he is had on the platform’s Drive To Survive sequence, which has resulted in bringing in loads of informal followers to the game.

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Jacques Villenueve
The Canadian gained the 1997 Formula One world title

He added: “It is amazing. He can thank Netflix [thanks to its Drive To Survive series] and all that kind of stuff. His smile, his attitude in front of the camera… he [also] brings value to F1 and that’s why he is there.”

Villenueve – the son of F1 legend Gilles Villenueve – continued along with his fiery feedback as he declared: “There are many drivers who are as quick as him [Ricciardo] but don’t have his image. So, you might as well take the one with the image.”

Daniel Ricciardo during a media session ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix
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Ricciardo has but to publicly reply to the scathing criticism he obtained and can be targeted on the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday (March 2) the place he’ll begin 14th on the grid, three locations behind team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.

Before Friday’s qualifying session, the 34-year-old was quietly assured about RB’s possibilities this season as he stated: “It [preparation] has been good, I think some things have improved, which is always nice. It is also natural after a few months of development, I’m feeling comfortable.”