'What Do You Do Here?' Daniel Ricciardo's Unfortunate First Day With Renault
Starting a new job is one of the hardest things in the world, whether you're a Formula 1 ace or a regular person.
And for Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo, there were plenty of awkward moments on the first day of his new job at the Renault F1 team, having switched from Red Bull in the off-season.
Footage has emerged of Ricciardo's first day. It starts at the entrance to the Renault F1 team's HQ in the small English village of Enstone.
Security guy stops Ricciardo. "What's the name?" he asks somewhat abruptly.
"How do you spell that?"
Things don't improve inside the Renault complex when the HR person asks Aussie Dan what he does at the company.
"Uh, nothing yet but I'm hoping to drive... uh, the car."
Soon it's lunchtime. Ricciardo eats lunch all alone, as you often tragically do on your first day at a new job. Then he's called to go to reception and told his suit "is a bit much".
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He then gets given the key to a company car that looks like a blue rice bubble that swallowed a motorbike, and the tough first day is over.
By now, you've obviously guessed that this is a promotional video -- and a pretty bloody funny one at that.
In reality, Ricciardo said earlier this week that "the personnel have always been really cool from day one, very welcoming, down-to-earth, normal. No one has had an intimidating presence, they’ve just been warm and welcoming and tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible".
We salute Renault for its haughty French sense of humour, just as we applaud Aussie Dan for being the sort of good bloke who's willing to take the piss out of himself.
And if you're wondering what Renault's F1 car looks like this year...
The F1 season begins on March 17 with the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.