F1, McLaren: Daniel Ricciardo helmet message,

Australian Daniel Ricciardo says the dazzling three-letter message on his helmet is not “directed to anyone”.

During the recent Monaco Grand Prix, where the 32-year-old finished 13th courtesy of a poor qualifying session, eagle-eyed motorsport fans quickly pointed to the ‘FEA’ message on his helmet, meaning ‘f–‘. k em all ‘.

Ricciardo confirmed that it was a simple strategy to keep his head in the right place on the day of the race.

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“I also put it on my helmet in 2018,” Ricciardo said.

“I like to use short words to pump me. It’s not really directed at anyone, it’s something I’ve said for years and it takes me to my happy place.

“I also think, as a driver, you wear the helmet and it’s very important to flip the switch. It’s one of the last things I do when I wear a helmet.

“So it reminds me to enter the channel and enter the zone.”

Helmet messaging is Ricardo’s last problem at the moment.

Despite being under contract with McLaren until the end of next year, whispers are growing louder that his time may end too soon.

After being third in 2015, second in 2016, third in 2017, fifth in 2018, seventh in 2019 and fourth in 2020, the 2022 season is a completely different story for Ricardo.

Ricciardo has just finished a top 10 for the year, coming to Australia, while F1 drivers are ranked 11th.

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