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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, in the garage with engineers
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The key considerations Ricciardo must weigh up ahead of a crucial chapter

OPINION: He may be going through a tough time at McLaren, but Daniel Ricciardo always seems to have a smile on his face. BEN EDWARDS thinks that positive attitude will benefit the Australian when, eventually, his Formula 1 career comes to an end.

Optimism is such a valuable aspect of life. We are bombarded with evidence that proves the benefits to health, reduced stress and pathways to a more successful life. Many sports stars have grown up with it, and there was a clever call in late 2020 when Daniel Ricciardo was given the title ‘Chief of Optimism’ by the Australian telecommunications company Optus – to be an inspiration for customers and staff.

Ricciardo often puts a smile on faces around him, and his enthusiasm for the whole world of motorsport is infectious. Team members get a lift from his bounce, fans queue up to get a glimpse of his cheeky grin as he heads for the paddock, and his entertaining podium celebrations when he’s drinking fizz from sweaty race boots have enthralled viewers around the world.

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