Daniel Ricciardo displays hidden talent ahead of Women’s World Cup final

Jamie Woodhouse
Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri, in street clothes. Hungary, July 2023.

AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo in the paddock in street clothes. Hungary, July 2023.

As the Women’s World Cup final nears kick-off, Daniel Ricciardo has been showing that he too can be skilful with a football.

The tournament final pits two European nations together as England and Spain go head-to-head for the World Cup trophy.

A first-time winner is guaranteed with neither country having clinched Women’s World Cup glory before, England as a nation going for their first World Cup triumph since 1966.

Daniel Ricciardo shows off his ‘keepy up’ skills

AlphaTauri F1 driver Ricciardo, who hails from Australia, saw his home country also make a run deep into the tournament, Australia ultimately knocked out by England at the semi-final stage, before losing the third place play-off to Sweden.

Ricciardo though had been showing his support for the ‘Matildas’ with a ‘keepy up’ challenge, the aim of the game being to keep the football from hitting the ground, using your feet.

Ricciardo would notch up a very impressive 128 before losing control of the ball, comfortably hitting his target of 100.

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Formula 1 is now coming towards the end of its summer shutdown as personnel prepare to return to action at Circuit Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix from August 25-27.

It will mark Ricciardo’s third outing in AlphaTauri colours, Red Bull’s reserve driver having headed to their junior team on loan for the remainder of the F1 2023 campaign in place of Nyck de Vries who had struggled in his 10-race spell.

But Ricciardo, who has his eyes on Sergio Perez’s Red Bull seat for 2025, with an outside chance of snatching it for next season, faces the tough task of proving himself to the main team at the wheel of arguably the slowest challenger on the F1 2023 grid, the AlphaTauri AT04.

The team has scored only three points so far this season, all courtesy of Yuki Tsunoda, as AlphaTauri sit bottom of the Constructors’ Championship with 10 rounds of the season remaining.

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