Formula 1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo Breaks Down Racing Movies

– Hey, everyone, I’m Daniel Ricciardo.

This is my fake microphone.

I’m a Formula One driver,

and this is The Breakdown.

[bouncy electronic music]

This is Days of Thunder.

As a child, this is probably
my most-watched film.

Yeah, Tom Cruise, Aussie
Nicole Kidman, you kiddin’?

I loved all the car scenes, obviously.

There was like a bit of romance as well,

which as a young kid, you know that’s,

it’s always [laughs]

just, it’s, don’t worry.

[car engines roaring]

He’s moving very aggressively.

– I’ve played peek-a-boo
around your rear view mirror

and I thought you boys would’ve
had enough of that by now.

[laughs] [engines roaring]

– I’m not doing anything like that, Harry!

– Pause it here.

So yeah, like, we do talk to our, like,

we call it race engineer.

But it’s like, that
level of conversation is,

[laughs] it’s a little theatrical.

But we will, like, we will
go back and forth a bit,

but it’s more like a few words at a time,

they’re conversating.

You definitely like, push
the boundaries sometimes

and if you’re going kind of back and forth

with a driver through the race

and if you feel he’s kind of
pushin’ the limits with you

and being a bit dirty,

then if you get a chance
to like, repay the favor,

you might squeeze him.

And yeah, there’s like, little
subtle ways you can do it,

which the drivers know
exactly what’s goin’ on.

It doesn’t happen to that
extent, at least in F1.

I’ll push the limit,

but I’ll never put
another driver in danger

because I think that’s just that respect

that you have for one another.

– That bumper gets any loser, Rowdy,

they’re gonna black
flag ya, let ’em go by.

– Stop right there.

So a black flag is basically
you’ve done something dirty,

illegal, something like really wrong.

And a black flag is a signal

that you have to come in the pits

and your race is over.

So they’re basically
disqualifying you from the race

if you get a black flag.

It hasn’t happened in any race

I don’t think I’ve been in.

Normally, like, and at this level,

you would expect the drivers to,

it’s a bit more like
uneducateds, you know, like?

But by the time you make it professional,

you shouldn’t be doing stuff

that’s giving you a black flag,

so, I mean, shame on Rowdy Burns, right?

Shame on him.

[engine roaring]

– He’s wavin’ me by, I’m gonna
take him on the high side!

[pumping rock music] – Great music.

Yeah, I mean, Tom falls for it.

[metal clash]

Rewind, please.

I’ve seen in NASCAR, it happens a bit,

so a lot of the time,
the driver will signal

if he’s got someone right up his bumper,

he might signal that
I’m coming in the pits.

And it just, I guess, avoids the risk

’cause he has to start
slowing down at some point.

And it gives, I guess, the driver behind

an opportunity to move out
before he starts slowing down

so he doesn’t probably run
in the back and have a crash.

So I guess that’s a bit of, like,

a safety/courtesy thing for both of ’em.

But in F1, not, we’re so, we can’t, like,

you wouldn’t be able see
other guy’s hands in the car,

just the way that the cars
are designed and built.

I mean, I’ve given guys the finger before,

whether they’ve seen it.

They normally see it after the fact on TV.

I enjoy that, it gives me a rush.

[upbeat rock music] [engine roaring]

He’s got more horsepower
than everyone else.

The way he’s able to obviously, like,

pass the back markers effortlessly.

So back markers, just the
guys more towards the back.

Like, they’ve all got,
they should all have

very similar cars as
far as horsepower goes

and power output, so
how he’s able to, like,

come through so easily,
that’s very dramatized.

– There’s a crash comin’
out of turn four, Cole.

[engine roaring] [tires squealing] [engine roaring] [tires squealing] [crashing] [crashing]

That’s gonna leave a mark.

Normally, especially
NASCAR, they have spotters

so if there’s an accident, they’ll say,

okay, stay high, car low.

So that’ll give ’em a bit of guidance

through an incident to try

and basically get them to avoid it,

they’re like another
pair of eyes for them.

And so there was no information there.

And then also, Cole, very, very brave,

actually went on the throttle,

so he accelerated through the danger,

which I think is something
you normally wouldn’t do,

but because he is the hero in this story,

it was a very heroic
thing from Cole Trickle.

So, it kind of spun very quickly

and my immediate thought was, like,

there was oil from the accident

and the oil caused him to spin like that.

But why cars, like, lose control,

it’s at the end of the day,

you’ve got a lot of
horsepower in a race car

and only a certain amount of
grip coming from the tire.

And at some point, you
get a breaking point

where the grip or the power
exceeds the grip, for example.

That’s where, like, as a race car driver,

that’s what makes, I guess,

a good one is you kinda find that limit

of pushing the tire and
the level of grip you have

to the point where you’re nearly spinning,

but you’re in control.

Like, the crash scene was very good

as far as like, the car rolling

and that you could hear
kind of each impact

when it rolled and flipped
and then hit the tarmac again.

I mean, he rolled like it was kind of,

it was pretty spectacular,

but I don’t think they
overkilled it as well,

so, I think they did quite well with that.

– [Producer] Is the race done?

– [laughs] I mean, it’s done for Cole.

I’m only laughing ’cause
I know Cole pulls through.

And he makes sweet love to
Nicole Kidman in the hospital.

Up next, we got Baby Driver.

[engine revving]

♪ Truly make me wanna dance ♪

[tires squeal]

– Stop right there.

When he reverses, like having,

like having some accelerator
when he like, drops the clutch,

like keeping your revs high

so you’re having some throttle
when he drops the clutch,

that will give him a
bit of like, wheel spin

and enable him to probably
reverse a little bit quicker

without stalling, so he’s playin’ it safe.

[police siren]

I wish I could listen
to music when I race,

’cause I reckon I would go faster,

but I got my engineer droning
me out the whole time.

[tires squealing] [siren]

So, drifting, so you can see like

what helps a drift, I
guess, in his case now,

like, so if you rip the hand brake up,

that works on the rear wheels.

We call it in racing,
we call it oversteer,

turning too much that you’re, like,

catching the rear of the car.

And so, what the hand brake can do,

and as they showed, it locks the rear,

so if you turn and rip the hand brake

and it kind of keeps the front pivoted

and just brings the rear around

so it brings the rear out.

And then it kind of, you can
already get it to that point,

so then if you drop the hand brake,

you’re kind of already in the slide

and then you can just manage
it with like, your throttle.

It’s actually quite hard to explain,

but if you can do that, like, you’re good,

like, you’ve got a good feeling
of the car and it’s like,

I guess it’s like on a motorbike,

someone who does like a
wheelie, a little stand,

they get that balance point

and then they can feel
it and just hold that

and it’s a little bit
like a slide in a car.

You kind of hit a little
bit of a balance point

and you can just play with it,

a little bit of steering and throttle.

But you can get in like
tighter spaces better

if you’re good.

So, like, dodging traffic in his case,

drifting’s not a bad thing.

♪ Bellbottoms ♪

– Jump ahead, please.

♪ She’s got them ♪

♪ Blues explosion ♪

♪ She’s got them ♪

– Tight turn, cuttin’ in
front of the truck there,

whenever, the hand brake,

so a little bit of a slide cut-in,

so it just like enabled
him to like cut the angle

by just quickly sliding the rear out,

pivoting in and the cop
couldn’t react quick enough.

– Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

[tires squealing]

– I’m not gonna lie to my audience here,

I’ve never done that. [laughs]

But that was pretty cool.

Quick, like, jerk or yank
of the steering wheel,

hand brake, and that’s givin’
him like a real quick slide.

But then to control that,
he’s done pretty good.

I’ll just, I’ll give him
that, I’ve never done it.

[energetic rock music] [tires squealing]

See that?

So that’s like what we call
a hairpin, so like a 180.

If he’d, like, drove that normally,

he wouldn’t have been able to create

or turn the car on such an acute angle.

What was quite cool there is

’cause he had so much forward momentum

when he’s like ripped the hand brake,

he’s accelerating,

but the momentum’s still
pushing him backwards,

and then the tires find
enough grip and traction

and then drive him forward.

That kind of sequence of still, like,

rolling backwards and then
slingshotting forward,

that’s pretty cool.

Can we fast forward a bit?

[police siren] [tires squeal]

Does he have a?

Does he have a flat tire?

Not very real.

Ansel’s done a lot of cool
sh[blank] up until now,

but that’s not happening.

Good soundtrack, though.

It’s a good movie.

Even it’s, he’s got some
good drift tires on.

I doubt that Subaru is running stops.

If it did, they would be gone,

or he would be having,
like, big flat spots.

So, because he’s ripped the
hand brake so many times,

like, the rears are locked
and they’re sliding,

so you’re shaving rubber off
one certain patch of the tire.

The car would be like

[police sirens]

That’s very cool, like, the Flying V.

Mighty Ducks.

[energetic rock music] [engine humming]

If I’m driving people, female or friends,

I don’t really, ’cause
when you drive fast,

actually, it can be quite uncomfortable.

Like, if you’re cornering,
like you it in the back seat,

actually, Jon and Eiza, is it Jon?

That’s his name, right?
– Yeah.

– Jon and Eiza, they’re like, you know,

gettin’ thrown around,

so it’s always more
comfortable for the driver

’cause you know what
move you’re gonna make

and you’ve got the steering
to kinda to hold you as well.

Unless the person is prepared
for you to drive fast,

it’s normally not that comfortable

’cause they’re like gettin’ thrown around.

So, I’ve actually just
focused on the first thing is

make sure there’s a good
soundtrack, good music,

and then just be smooth.

Be smooth and make it
just a beautiful ride,

get to your destination.

And then you can let loose on foot.

In the club, in the club.

Up next, The Fast and the Furious.


As kids, like, we would,
me and my friends would,

like take the piss out of
this, like, we loved it.

It’s so exaggerated, but
it’s so great, I love it.

– Go!

[clunking] [engine roaring] [tires squealing] [engines roaring] [laughs]

See, for me?

That was, like, that was unnecessary

’cause it didn’t really make sense

’cause he’s at such a low speed already

and it kind of like,
the car, like, swerves,

and for me, it like actually emphasized

that he was going quite slow.

Like it looked, it
didn’t really look good.

That was weird, but also, yeah,

they take off, like, one, two, three four,

you know what I mean?

So their reaction time was terrible.

Vin Diesel there, he’s, he had it,

the others were nowhere.

[engines roaring] [engine humming]

How about we freeze this frame?

Yeah, the computer, the laptop.

So there’s so many sensors on a race car.

All that data you’re
getting will tell you,

you know, engine temperatures,
how this is, how that is.

It can be used for reliability,

for the engineers to just
check that everything’s fine

and if we got a problem, for
them to then quickly address it

if it can be addressed.

Like, I’m not kidding you, on an F1 car,

there’s, I’m actually guessing,

but I wanna say there’s
like a thousand sensors,

like, it’s insane.

[beeping] [whoosh]

NOS, so we do not have NOS.

I didn’t know NOS existed ’til
I saw this beautiful movie.

And then naturally everyone wanted NOS.

And it was like, I didn’t
have my license then

but I was like, how can we get
a bottle of NOS in our car?

[engine roaring]

– No!

– Monica!

[laughing] [tires squealing]

That deceleration, you
feel it all on your neck.

And actually, Paul showed it quite bravely

when he pushed the NOS, neck went back.

He needs to do neck
training, before this film,

he should’ve had some
absolute neck training.

But yeah, as a race car driver,

so, like, with F1, a lot of us,

a lot of people talk about our neck,

like we got thick necks

and g-forces, so a lot of the force,

so when you brake, you get a lot of, like,

I guess negative Gs, so
everything’s throwing you forward,

so you need to support all that force

and hold your neck up, basically.

So we do a lot of neck
training to support that.

Otherwise, it’s like,
just massive whiplash.


My heartrate is peaking right now.

I just, firstly, I feel sorry for Ja Rule.

Like, Monica.

– Monica!

– [laughing] It’s so good!

Winning’s winning.

Railroad’s closed, pizza
boy, find another way home.

It’s so good!

Up next, Talladega Nights.

[screaming] – All right, you’re not fire!

– I knew it, you’re lyin’!
– Relax.

– My bags, I’m on fire!

– There is no fire!

– I’m on fire!

– All right, come back here!

– Oh my God, help me, I don’t wanna die!

– All right, so where they did it wrong,

all that race gear is fireproof.

Like Nomex material, I think
that’s what it’s called,

but it’s a fireproof material.

I haven’t been in this situation

and I don’t ever wish to be,

but I think you can like still be on fire,

but it doesn’t show, like,
the flame immediately,

so like it can kind of, you
could still be burning somehow.

So, like, the marshals should have

extinguished him regardless.

So shame on them for letting
my dear Ricky Bobby burn.

Whether he was or not is,
that’s besides the point.


– Help me, Tom Cruise!

– Also, they should have contained him.

He’s had, like, head
trauma from that accident,

they shouldn’t let him
run around like that.

There’s marshals around
like all the track,

so I guess they would go, they would like,

as soon as they could,
’cause they’ll be on like

some points of the track,

so they’re gonna get,
like, the quickest access

and then there’ll be docs as well.

As soon as like, so,
if docs or it was like,

if it looked bad, they’ll go straightaway.

And the track, the track would be like,

there’d be yellow flags
which mean, like, slow down.

So they would probably take the risk

of just going on track
as soon as they could,

even if the other cars are still on.

We would all slow down
if we saw a big accident,

so we wouldn’t put the marshals in risk.

But yeah, they would go,
and if there is a fire,

get extinguishers on it straightaway

and try and make contact with the driver,

try to get like a thumbs up or something

that A, they’re conscious,

and B, they’re more or less okay.

– [Announcer] But how did he get down

to his underwear that fast?

– Stop looking–

– Still got his boots on.

I loved his underpants.

I wanna say they were probably from, like,

the second World War.

They look pretty prehistoric.

So race cars have what we
call a five-point harness.

So you have, like, crotch, crotch belts,

which, like, come through your crotch

and then like, they come around
to your waist and all that.

And his underpants were baggy.

When you get the crotch
ones done up tight,

you want everything to
be kind of streamlined.

I’m not convinced those
underpants he’s wearing

is gonna keep things streamlined,

so he’s at risk of getting
a nut caught in a belt.

But he’s got bigger issues
right now, he’s on fire.

– Help me, Oprah Winfrey!

– Up next is Driven.

I saw this when it was at the cinemas

and I’m going very personal here.

I was very uncomfortable

for the last probably
half hour of the movie

’cause I didn’t wanna leave my seat,

but I, for whatever reason,

I think I drank too much
frozen Coke or something.

I had to pee so, so, so bad,

like, I was on the verge
of pissing my pants

during this movie.

So the last half hour might be a blur.

[engines roaring]

– [Announcer] Brandenburg is right there,

ready to get past him!

[energetic electronic music]

– I don’t really get why they,

like, the shift and the accelerator,

like getting on the throttle,

like, I get that people, you know,

like, viewers will watch that and be like,

oh yeah, he’s accelerating,
like, he’s trying to go fast.

I don’t actually know
what they had back then

’cause at one point in time for sure

they had three pedals, so
accelerator, brake, and clutch.

And they had, like, stick shift.

But for a while now, we’ve had, so like,

we lost the clutch pedal,

so we’ve just got two pedals,
the accelerator, brake,

and all the gears are
on the steering wheel,

so up and down shift, like pedal shift.

Like, the cars are real, like,
the cars they’re showing.

Like, one of the guys
there was Chip Ganassi

on the pit wall, like, that’s
his car, the Target car.

Like, he’s a proper
team owner and all that.

So the cars they’re showing are real,

but the pedals and all
that, I am not convinced.

The whole, like, wheel thing is,

I don’t know what they’re trying to show,

like, a quick maneuver, I
guess at those speeds as well,

like, to turn the wheel that fast,

like, you’re gonna, you
have a chance at spinning

’cause like, with that
speed and that quick,

that quick a movement,
there’s a chance that,

yeah, you’re gonna break the grip.

– [Announcer] Brandenburg is
really putting pressure on Bly.

– Don’t overreach.

– So, race engineer.

A lot of the time, they’ll be giving,

I guess it’s feedback, some
advice, some instructions.

So, feedback might be your first sector.

So, a lap’s normally broken
up into like three sectors,

so they might say your
first sector’s great,

you can improve second sector,

so think about, like, maybe braking,

trying to push your braking
point three meters later

for turn 10 and see how that goes.

Braking point, yeah, so
basically in how we break up

a race track, obviously, it’s
to say there’s 20 corners,

and when you approach a corner,

the first time thing you do is

you’re obviously you’re
accelerating if it’s a straight,

but then the first thing you do,

the first thing you act
on normally is braking,

so you pick out your braking point,

so it’s like a reference

and ’cause we go so fast, you
need to pick up references

on the circuit to kind
of improve your accuracy,

so it might be like a
little sign on the track,

it might be a taller piece of grass

or something on the side,

but that will be your reference

to kind of find your limit of braking.

So, a braking point is essentially

at the moment you brake for the corner

and it’s a reference which
we’ll pick on the circuit.

[engines roaring]

Rewind please.

Like, how he’s able to pass him so easily,

it’s like, oh yeah,

oh, I forgot to go all
the way on the throttle,

yeah, I’m gonna do that
now so I can pass him.

And again, like, if these
guys are that competitive,

like, if they’re so close to each other

on skill level and all that,

you’re normally you’re not gonna

pass a guy that effortlessly.

And the first move, actually,
where he passed him,

it was kind of, I think,

on like a left-right kind of chicane.

That was also not a realistic
corner where he was pass him,

like it was kind of a one-line corner.

I’ve got a lot beef with this right now.

Up next, American Graffiti.

[smooth guitar music]

I like it already.

– Hey Lauren, what in the
hell are you doing in there?

Is she gonna ride with you?

– Mind your own business, John!

– Yeah, she’s going with me,
you take care of yourself–

– Let’s go, let’s go back.

So, Harrison is blinded by love.

So everyone knows in a race car, weight,

weight saving is crucial.

Formula One cars are pretty
much built out of carbon fiber

’cause carbon fiber is, yes, it’s strong,

but it’s very lightweight.

So, like, weight saving is everything.

So that’s why we as drivers as
well have to be super light.

‘Cause basically, weight slows you down,

so Harrison, you will get her
after the race, if you win.

Your chance of winning now is tarnished

because you’re carrying more weight.

Silly Harrison.

[engines revving] – You guys ready?

– Ooh, wait, sorry, sorry.

Who is that guy?

Is he supposed to be, like, chief nerd?

What is going on?

[engines roaring] [tires squealing]

Swerved a little, went on the grass,

I don’t know, but you’re
driving on a straight.

You should not lose
control in a straight line

in a road car, like, if it’s a drag car

with like a thousand horsepower, maybe.

That shouldn’t happen, whether
it’s an old car or not.

I mean, there’s skinny
wheels, I’ll give it that,

they’re very skinny tires.

They’re not offering much grip,

but in a straight line, still,

it could’ve been his cowboy hat,

it could’ve gotten in
the way of his vision.

[engine roaring] [crashing]

All right, he slid down that way.

You know the girl was sitting,

passenger’s seat, right side.

She rolled the car.



– Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait–

– Stop right there.

I don’t know where the fire
came from in the first place,

but anyway, it can happen,

but it happens too much in movies.

[flames bursting]

It’s Hollywood. [laughing]

Thanks for watching, everyone.

That’s been The Breakdown.

It was emotional.

Thanks for enjoying it with me.

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