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Daniel Ricciardo became the unlikely “administrator” of Mercedes’ Instagram account ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix back in 2018.
Ricciardo is one of the cutest figures in F1 and he is hugely popular due to his funny nature. He jokes a lot with other F1 drivers and sometimes even with members of rival teams.
One such incident occurred at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. Before each race, riders parade around the track, waving to the fans and thanking them for their presence. The Mercedes administration recorded an Instagram story for their account about the parade.
When @danielricciardo stole your phone…
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 11, 2018
This was before Ricciardo, who was at Red Bull at the time, took his phone from him. Riccardo immediately burst out laughing and pointed the camera at Marcus Eriksson and Fernando Alonso.
“I believe we stole the Mercedes account,” the Australian said. “They would like to have such beauty.” Ricciardo then pointed the camera at the fans in the stands before calling them all Daniel Ricciardo fans.
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Fernando Alonso offered internship after Daniel Ricciardo’s hijacking
Alonso was another driver who joined in the fun. The two-time world champion, who was then a McLaren driver, also took over the account and started talking about the “Alonso fans” in the crowd.
“Here we are in Spain in front of all the Spanish fans,” joked the former Ferrari driver. Subsequently, Alonso pointed the camera at his teammate Stoffel Vandorn, saying “Now we switch to Belgium!”
Ricciardo then takes the phone from Alonso and points it to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who just smiles at the Red Bull driver the whole time. The most interesting and fun communication was with Carlos Sainz, who was then in Renault.
The Spaniard at first simply smiled at Riccardo, and then gave him the middle finger, which caused the others to burst out laughing. After the stories of the parade had ended, in the next video, Mercedes offered Alonso an internship with their social media team!
“Hey guys, sorry, this wasn’t planned,” Mercedes’ Paul Ripke said. “Hey Fernando, I think you’re free next year, except for Indianapolis. I need an intern. Can you use a camera?”
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