Joe Ricciardo plans to relieve the pressure of expectation that his son Dan faces ahead of the season-opening 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix – by performing a rain dance.
“We want to do something to give him a chance,” said Joe. “So I’ll try doing a rain dance to make sure he has some help! It’s the least I can do for him.”
The Italian-born father of Australia’s Red Bull Racing star knows how difficult it is for people to understand what it takes to win a Formula One race.
“We have never put any pressure on him and we have always left him on his own to deal with it,” said Joe. “It has been that was for most of the last 10 to 15 years. It’s his life.
“He knows what he is doing and he understands that the fans get excited and there is a lot of hope and expectation, but he just handles it in his own way.”
Ricciardo Senior has given his son full backing, but without pressure, throughout his career and has no intention of changing that habit for this year’s season-opening race.
“We just let him get on with it,” he said. “But we try to help too and that’s why a bit of rain might come in handy.”