Daniel Ricciardo accepts he will have to be a lot less tactile with
his team mates when the Formula One season starts in Austria next week
under strict health measures to counter Covid-19.

Daniel Ricciardo

“I’m a hugger. I like hugging people. So that’s going to change,” the
enthusiastic Australian told reporters in a Renault F1 video call.

“I’ve got to keep my distance. We’re going to find some new ways to
embrace each other, especially after a good result. But obviously we’re
going to do what we can to keep this thing away and keep it out of the
paddock.

“So no hugging. No hugging for now.”

Formula One has been stalled since testing in February, with the
March 15 season-opener cancelled before first practice in Melbourne when
a McLaren employee tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The last race, esports excepted, was in Abu Dhabi in December.

Ricciardo, who will be leaving Renault for McLaren at the end of the
year, said he was raring to race but had embraced the ‘new normal’ that
will involve Covid-19 tests every five days from Austria onwards and
operating inside a ‘bubble’.

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