Last year, the McLaren driver was "disgusted and saddened" by F1's coverage of Romain Grosjean's fiery crash in Bahrain, and he is dissatisfied with the championship's social media performance this year.
The McLaren driver mentions in an interview with Square Mile, "“I think last year, F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the 10 were crashes,”
To continue, "I was just like, you guys are fucking idiots. Maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids. Just do better, guys. Do better than that.”
Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel repeated Ricciardo's criticism of Formula One's coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix last year, saying, “I disagree with the fact that you have to show the images over and over again.”
Ricciardo also took issue with how his relationship with Scuderia Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr. was depicted in the Netflix series Drive to Survive. He claims that the rivalry between himself and Sainz, whom he replaced at McLaren this season, is exaggerated in the series.
Ricciardo states, "[In] the second season, there were some episodes or parts where I feel they forced it a little bit,”
He adds, “They tried to create a bit of a rivalry between me and Sainz and it wasn’t really there."
He continues, "Like, he’s no more a rival than anyone else. There wasn’t any personal grudge with him, but I think [Netflix] wanted something, so a lot of questions led with asking about Carlos."
To conclude, "Maybe no one noticed, but for me, I was like, he’s fine. I’ve probably got other guys that I dislike, you know, as opposed to Carlos… I mean, he dresses like a 60-year-old, but otherwise he’s alright.”