Daniel Ricciardo believes he has reached the limit of his off-track activities even though he enjoys his life outside of Formula 1.
Ricciardo has been pushing his own merchandise range in recent years, with one of his latest projects launching at the start of 2021 when he partnered with wine company St Hugo.
“I think it’s probably like a few things,” Ricciardo told Speedcafe.com when asked about his interests away from the racetrack. “As much as I love racing, I do love getting away from it, so these are other things for me which do stimulate me.
“I know myself well enough, and I’m disciplined enough to know that if I was getting off track, and investing too much time in these other ventures, then I would I would definitely be aware of it and bring myself back.
“I’ll be transparent, this is the most energy and time I’ve put into a team before like engineering and meetings and going through data. That’s not why I’d say I’m not getting the results at the moment. If anything, I have to be careful of like, doing too much, because then you just [have] paralysis over analysis."
In 2020, Ricciardo was 48th on the list of highest-paid athletes in the world by Forbes. He earned approximately $27m from his salary at Renault with $2m through endorsements. The 32-year-old insists that his interests away from F1 are not a distraction.
“That’s where I’ve got the external team around me, sort of like... I hate to use this term, but call it like ‘Team Ricciardo’ around me,” said Ricciardo. “That’s where basically I put my trust in them to balance that.
“I’m doing quite a bit, and I think any more would start to probably tip the scale. I think we’re in a good place, but I’m just having fun with it. I think we [have] got a full enough plate for now and [I] always put the racing first.”
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