This Thursday, which celebrates Australia Day – for the arrival of the first British settlers in the area, Daniel Ricciardo was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for the services rendered to the country in sporting and social terms.
The most important honor in the country since the abolition of the Lady and Knight titles in 2015, has also been received by other names in Formula 1, such as former driver Mark Webber, a convicted officer of the Order of Australia, and three-time champion Jack Brabham.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo at the 2021 F1 So Paulo GP – Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
In addition to the acquisition of a McLaren driver on the track, with eight wins, three pole positions and 32 podiums in a decade-long career, the Australian government also praised the off-track efforts of racers such as Ricciardo, a personal project created to offer motorsport Of. Experience to adolescents and youth aged 12 to 17 years.
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Ricciardo, who finished his first year for McLaren in 2021 with a win at the Italian GP, celebrated the tribute with a post on social media. The 32-year-old driver is enjoying an F1 vacation in his native country, after nearly two years away from his family due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
– I am happy to fly the Australian flag. Really appreciate the recognition. You can get the guy out of Australia, but you can’t… whatever. Many thanks to all of you – he wrote.
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The Covid-19 health crisis has forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Australian GP, which is set to return to the F1 calendar in 2022. Since 1996 at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, the race is scheduled for the day 10 April, the season closed opening.
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In 2022, McLaren will have Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris as its driver pair.