Watch: Daniel Ricciardo flips off a fan in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo has kept a smile on his face throughout the criticism he has received so far in 2022.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was seen jokingly raising his middle finger at a fan on a balcony before the Monaco Grand Prix.

The drivers were on the back of a truck undertaking their customary pre-race track parade to wave to the fans, thank them for their support, and give some interviews on their way round.

While eventual race winner Sergio Perez was giving his interview, Daniel Ricciardo was in the background being… Daniel Ricciardo.

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The Australian was speaking to Williams driver Nicholas Latifi when he appeared to see one of his friends looking on from their balcony, so we flipped them off with a quintessentially big grin on his face, before continuing to wave to the fans.

The 32-year-old went on to finish 13th as he went four consecutive races without points, but he finally put a solid weekend together in Baku last time out as he finished eighth.

Team-mate Lando Norris was stayed to stay put behind Ricciardo to repay the favour the eight-time race winner had given the Briton earlier in the race, and there was no chance of either of them catching the slippery Alpine of Fernando Alonso.

“Happy to be back in the points for sure,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

“I think looking at it as a team I think that was us in terms of where we ended up finishing.

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“I think Fernando was… [there were] moments we could be a little bit quicker but their third sector was so quick that even if we exit the last corner on his gearbox, he would just pull away.

“I could see Lando in the first stint being right on him but couldn’t overtake and, yeah so I think that was us.

“So yeah, happy to be back in the points, obviously you always want to be quicker, but as a team I think we maximised what we could do.

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“We obviously played around a bit with team orders so I think in the end it kind of neutralised itself and I don’t think… with anything different now, I don’t think we could have attacked Fernando any differently.”

Following public criticism from McLaren CEO Zak Brown, the result in Baku was a good riposte from Ricciardo, but he heads to Canada this weekend knowing that he must consistently deliver that form to alleviate the pressure on him.