Daniel Ricciardo believes it's important to have close relationships with fellow team members in order to get through tough moments during the Formula 1 season.
An increasing number of double- and triple-headers on the F1 calendar mean that the teams have spent more time away from home.
Next year's record-breaking schedule features two triple-headers and seven double-headers.
"I think it's really important, for the team, to have close relationships with other members of the team, because [we're] away from families for long periods of time, especially [during] the triple-headers," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.
"So you need to rely on your teammates to help you out if you're a little down, or missing home, or whatever it is."
The Australian's teammate, Lando Norris, has opened up about his mental health this year, revealing that he has felt depressed during his time in F1.
Ricciardo says that his McLaren team "becomes family" and is eager for restrictions from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to be lifted, so that F1 personnel can socialise outside of the paddock.
"I really hope next year that the world keeps opening up and we can interact more with the team, and it's not just at the track, but through some events, do some dinners," said Ricciardo.
"I think having that, let's say, social life outside of the paddock on a race weekend helps break up the weekend as well.
"I think that's an important time to switch off and ease some of the stresses of the travel and the homesickness. That's a few of the keys to make it a little easier."
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