Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Hay Fever Affected His British Grand Prix

After a slow start to the 2021 season with McLaren, Daniel Riccardo had a “better weekend” at last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.   

The Australian has struggled to keep up with team-mate Lando Norris throughout the season, previously stating that he was “past the point of being frustrated.”

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However, the British Grand Prix may have marked the end of this trend.

Riccardo put in an impressive performance throughout the weekend, finishing in P5 to earn his best result of the 2021 season.  

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl stated that he was “very happy with the progress Daniel made”, describing P5 as a “good step forward.”

However, the race was not all smooth sailing for the Australian driver. 

Earlier today, McLaren revealed that Riccardo was suffering from bad hay fever during the event. 

Hay fever can cause nasty allergic reactions triggered by environmental allergens such as pollen. The condition is also worsened by warm weather and northerly winds, both of which were prevalent on Sunday.   

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Riccardo described his struggle during lap 12 of the 52-lap race in a video posted onto the McLaren Instagram page. He said the hay fever “just zapped me.”

Despite crippling symptoms in the early stages of the race, Riccardo managed to hold off ex-McLaren driver, Carlos Sainz, who also showed impressive pace in the Ferrari.  

It seems that the hay fever has since subsided, and Daniel thanked everyone for their concern and has informed his fans that he is now “doing better.”

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