While he is eager to learn about all things French, he admits there’s still plenty about him that’s Italian: his father was born in Italy and so were his mother’s parents. A well-known Formula One driver, 30 years old, and with seven grand prix wins behind him, today Daniel Ricciardo is at Renault, but many people wanted to see him (and still want to see him) at Ferrari. And that’s because, leaving aside his Australian nationality, within Ricciardo there’s a lot that’s very Italian.
“I grew up in Australia and I love Australia; it’s a beautiful country,” says Ricciardo. “But I lived in Italy for a couple of years when I was coming up through the junior formulas and I definitely feel that there’s a lot about me and my family that’s Italian.
“When we’re sat down at the table together eating a plate of pasta, the passion of it makes me and my family a very, very Italian group of people. I’m proud of that.”
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