Mercedes’ George Russell arrived at the Zandvoort paddock wearing Daniel Ricciardo merchandise ahead of the Dutch GP.
Ricciardo is one of the most popular and marketable drivers in F1 today. Millions of fans around the world love and idolize him, and his merchandise is some of the best-selling among all active F1 drivers.
It seems that George Russell himself is a huge fan of the former Red Bull star. Ahead of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, Russell arrived in Zandvoort with Ricciardo’s merchandise. He wore a long-sleeved sweater that read “Enchant” on it, and according to the Aussie’s website, it costs $110.
something about george russell in daniel ricciardo merch pic.twitter.com/1Z9ZqQ4Lm1
— abs (@footonthegasIy) September 1, 2022
Some people on social media also reported that the 24-year-old was not wearing his own sweater. It was his girlfriend’s sweater, and F1 Twitter loved that he and his partner were badger fans!
george russell and daniel ricciardo you will always be famous pic.twitter.com/2g2cik6P5P
— s 🐝 (@formullana) September 1, 2022
Ricciardo is going through a rough patch on his way to 2022, but even he will feel good knowing he has so many fans around the world who still love him.
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Where will Daniel Ricciardo ride in 2023?
Ricciardo’s departure at the end of the season was confirmed by McLaren in August. The Perth-born driver failed to live up to expectations and the Surrey-based team decided to pull the plug early.
It wasn’t a popular move as many, including Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, felt the 33-year-old should have been given more time. At the moment he doesn’t have a seat in F1, but he’s too valuable a driver to sit on the sidelines.
Strong rumors have linked him with a move to Alpine. Team boss Otmar Szafnauer hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but he remains the favourite. This is partly because their junior driver Oscar Piastri, who was the first choice to replace Fernando Alonso in the team, is said to be on his way to McLaren.
There are other teams that want to secure Ricciardo’s services. Him and the Haas team manager Gunther Steiner recently admitted to having had discussions about his 2023 seat a few weeks ago. A decision regarding his future in F1 is expected to be announced very soon.
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