Daniel Ricciardo suggests two racing jobs he could take when F1 career is over

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Daniel Ricciardo has suggested two possible racing jobs he could go into once his career as a Formula 1 driver comes to an end.

32-year-old Ricciardo heads into the 2022 campaign for his 12th season as a Formula 1 driver, and whilst he still has a few more years of racing ahead he revealed he already has a potential plan for when retirement comes.

As a result the Australian revealed that, whilst he hasn’t thought of his post-racing career too much, two jobs that do interest him are a ‘brand ambassador’ or a ‘test driver for road cars’.

When asked about his future he said: “To be honest, I haven’t thought about it yet. 

“But you are right. That could actually open a few doors for me after Formula 1 and be another advantage. 

“Even as a brand ambassador or as a test driver for road cars. But at the moment I have my hands full with Formula 1.”

Ahead of any thought of retirement though comes the new campaign, and Ricciardo is full of optimism heading into it.

So much so the Aussie has set out a plan on how he could potentially mount a title charge, and compete with the dominant Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the world championship.

Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport about what he feels he needs to do to challenge, he said: “If I really want to be in a title fight, I just have to drive the car better on bad days.”

Whilst Ricciardo’s plan sounds a simple one, the Australian went on to add that there is plenty more to it than just driving better.

As a result he believes that to do this he needs to avoid falling back into old habits that have cost him in the past.

He continued: “Sometimes, by just doing lap after lap after lap, I fall back into, shall we say, my old technique or my old style.

“I have to be aware of that when it happens. Then I have to concentrate.

“That costs a little more energy when driving because it’s not natural. I just have to be careful.”

Despite the 2022 season being two months away, Ricciardo has already enjoyed success in the New Year, after being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and included on his nation’s honours list.

After receiving the award he told the West Australian newspaper: “I’m extremely proud to receive the award, just to be named alongside the previous recipients is pretty special.

“It wasn’t easy leaving Australia to chase this F1 dream. I was 17 at the time and it was a long road ahead, so for my home to recognise that effort, the passion and determination, it really does mean a lot.

“Representing Australia on this [F1] stage, it does put a big smile on my face, I’m just really proud.”

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