Under fire Daniel Ricciardo reveals why he wrote ‘f*** ’em all’ message on his helmet ahead of Monaco Grand Prix – and says it’s not the first time he’s been wearing the obscene message
- Ricciardo says his FEA scribble is to pump himself up before a race
- The Aussie driver had another disappointing result in the Monaco GP
- McLaren boss has said Ricciardo has not ‘lived up to expectations’ this year
Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has explained that the obscene message fans saw on his racing helmet during Monaco GP2 was not aimed at one person or team, but was a way for him to ‘pump himself up’.
Twitter and Reddit users took to social media to say that FEA, which was written on the back of Ricciardo’s helmet, meant ‘F*** Em All’, seemingly a response to the haters after a thoroughly disappointing year at McLaren so far to.
The man himself indicated that this was not the case at all.
Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo wrote FEA on his helmet to pump himself up
Ricciardo revealed that the phrase is a sort of mantra that he often repeats to himself.
‘I have it on my’ [Red Bull Racing] helmet also in 2018,” he told Fox Sport†
“I like to use acronyms to cheer myself up. It’s honestly not aimed at anyone; it’s something I’ve been saying for a few years, and it just puts me in my happy place.
“I also think that as a driver you put on the helmet and that is also very important to switch the button. It’s one of the last things I see when I put the helmet on.”
Ricciardo crashed his McLaren in second practice session in Monaco
It was a disappointing start to the 2022 season for Ricciardo.
The ‘Honey Badger’, another expression commonly seen on his helmet, has race finishes of 14, 6, 18, 13, 12, 13 and a 2022 DNF on the back of last year when he won a race but finished in a disappointing 8th at just 115 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
Monaco was another bad GP for Ricciardo, with a practice crash and 14th place putting him in the crosshairs of commentators and pundits.
Daniel Ricciardo waves to the crowd before racing in Monaco GP
There are growing whispers that McLaren is preparing to jettison him, with team boss Zak Brown giving a brutally honest assessment of the Aussie’s season when comparing him to team-mate Lando Norris.
“Lando is definitely ahead. We would of course like to see Daniel much closer to Lando and have a good battle between teams,” he said air sports†
Daniel just isn’t comfortable with the car yet. We are doing everything we can, again it was a disappointing weekend.
“After Monza and a few races, it hasn’t met his or our expectations of what we expected,” said Brown.
Ricciardo struggled in his McLaren in Monaco last weekend, finishing 14th while his teammate Lando Norris finished sixth
Ricciardo is spending some time in the McLaren simulator to improve his connection to the car ahead of the Azerbaijan GP on June 12.