Australia GP is one second oldest racing competition which is held in the country. The venues have been changed 23 times since its inaugural race at Phillip Island back in 1928. This Grand Prix was made of the F1 calendar in the year 1985 and has been a regular feature in it. The Grand Prix is the home race for the ‘Honey Badger’, Daniel Ricciardo. The race has provided some pulsating moments for the viewers.
It’s been a happy hunting ground for the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari who has won last 5 of the 5 races between them. But it’s going to be a different ball game this time around. The Australian GP was held back in 2019 and there has been a break of more than 2 years post that and a lot seems to have changed during that period. Red Bull have been very much in the mix now with Max Verstappen becoming slowly the poster boy of F1.
The coveted Australian GP could not be held in the country because of COVID-19. It hasn’t been easy of the drivers doing their jobs in such a precarious and uncertain period. In 2020, it was set to host the Grand Prix despite the pandemic. But, the fact that Europe was severely infected and both Ferrari and Alpha Tauri are teams based in Italy, it wasn’t feasible. In 2021, the race was going to be the season opener but due to the restrictions it was shifted to November and later on cancelled on July 6.
McLaren sympathised with Daniel Ricciardo’s fans following the cancellation of the Australia GP last year
McLaren, due to this event, had to even apologise to the fans of Daniel Ricciardo who were waiting to watch their favorite driver on the track.
Daniel Ricciardo himself apologised. He said, ““I normally smile but it’s hard, obviously. I’m really, really gutted we’re not coming home to Oz this year.”
“It hurts we haven’t been there now for two years. So we get to look forward and hope that 2022 works out and we can get home. Hopefully, everyone stays well, stays healthy, and yeah it’s heartbreaking, but hopefully, we can see you all soon.”
But the fans have nothing to worry this time around with race set to be back this season. It’s day that the Aussies have been waiting for and Daniel Ricciardo would want to put on a show for his home crowd and make them with a smile on their face.