Daniel Ricciardo has taken a while out of his preparation for the Syrian Grand Prix in Austria to talk with certainly one of his heroes – former WWE legend John Cena.
The F1 driver had an final fanboy second with the ex-wrestling celebrity, who’s now a Hollywood star.
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Cena has been busy selling his new movie, Quick and Livid 9, and was eager to speak about his love of quick automobiles with the Aussie driver.
Ricciardo got here throughout as a clumsy college boy when requested what it felt prefer to be talking to certainly one of his heroes.
“That is great, it is actually good,” Ricciardo stated considerably sheepishly.
“You look stunning by the way in which, you look very dapper. Though you are in a display screen proper now I can really feel your magnificence so considerably intimidating however yeah, I really feel good.
“We’re in Austria, the solar is shining and John Cena is taking a look at me via one other display screen so it is nice.”
The pair swapped driving ideas and Cena shared some recommendation about how Ricciardo – who was angling for a future cameo in one of many Quick and Livid films – may doubtlessly get his foot within the door of the movie trade.
Ricciardo was additionally busy making an attempt to encourage Cena to return and watch him race in a future Grand Prix occasion.
“Understanding you’re a automobile man, we’ll must get you out to an F1 race sooner or later,” Ricciardo stated.
“I feel it’ll positively blow your thoughts. I’m assuming you’ve by no means been, proper?”
Cena stated he’d love to have the ability to catch the Austin Grand Prix in Texas later within the 12 months however jokingly warned Ricciardo to not steal his thunder if he ever did make the transition to films.
“My recommendation is simply please don’t put me out of a job,” Cena joked.
“He is aware of that smoothness is quick, however he is aware of that smoothness isn’t very theatrical so please once you resolve to make the transition simply go away some work for the lowly folks on the totem pole.
The Aussie revealed that he is a giant fan of the Quick and Livid film franchise, and that he’d be proud of even a cameo function in a future movie.
“I don’t need to steal all of your thunder John. So a little bit cameo function, my 5 seconds of fame,” he stated.
Ricciardo is starting to really feel extra at residence in his Mercedes-powered McLaren and is assured of a superb displaying within the subsequent two Grand Prix races in Austria.
Ricciardo seeking to maintain momentum going
“I am wanting ahead to having one other race on the bounce and a double in Austria,” stated Australian Ricciardo, who joined from Renault on the finish of final season.
“It could possibly be a moist one, perhaps even for each weekends.
“We may get two very completely different races, you by no means know.”
McLaren, third within the constructors’ championship after a double factors end in France, will even be hoping for one more robust haul to remain forward of Ferrari.
Spielberg’s Crimson Bull Ring holds good recollections for Lando Norris, who took his first podium and quickest lap there final 12 months.
The Crimson Bull Ring, because the title suggests, is a house from residence for the vitality drink firm’s Honda-powered workforce however Mercedes gained each races there final season with Valtteri Bottas and now-seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton.
“Austria has been a difficult circuit for us in previous seasons, however we went properly there final 12 months,” stated workforce boss Toto Wolff after Hamilton misplaced out to Crimson Bull’s total chief Max Verstappen eventually Sunday’s French Grand Prix.
“We all know the scenario may be very completely different this season, although. It is a very fast lap and a brief circuit, with fewer alternatives to achieve time. The margins are going to be tight, so we’ll give it most assault.”
Wolff stated Mercedes had achieved the debriefs and understood the place they wanted to be higher.
“Now it is all about specializing in bringing these enhancements to the subsequent two rounds in Austria, the place hopefully we will swing the optimistic momentum again in our favour,” added the Austrian.
Verstappen, a two occasions winner in Austria, is 12 factors away from Hamilton after seven races whereas Crimson Bull are 37 forward within the constructors’ standings.
Crimson Bull haven’t gained 4 races in a row because the V6 turbo hybrid period started in 2014, ushering in an unprecedented interval of Mercedes dominance. Mercedes haven’t gone 4 races with out a victory since 2013.
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