“Just have fun” – Ricciardo’s personal message to Rullo

Daniel Ricciardo has offered 16-year-old Supercars rookie Alex Rullo some advice ahead of the Clipsal 500, telling the high school student to “just have fun” on his debut in Adelaide.

“Just have fun” – Ricciardo’s personal message to Rullo
Alex Rullo
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing testing the new 2017 Pirelli tyres
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing testing the new 2017 Pirelli tyres
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing testing the new 2017 Pirelli tyres
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12

Rullo will become the youngest ever driver to start a Supercars main game race in Adelaide next month when he makes his debut as an LD Motorsport driver.

Having been a rookie thrown in the deep end himself back in 2011 when he made his Formula 1 debut with the Hispania Racing Team, Ricciardo recorded a personal video message to encourage fellow West Aussie Rullo ahead of his Clipsal debut.

First played on Australian current affairs show Today Tonight, the video shows Ricciardo telling Rullo to enjoy the experience, and be willing to learn from the more experienced drivers in the series.

“You will obviously be overwhelmed with many things that weekend, but if you just stay cool you will do great,” said the F1 star.

“For me the biggest thing when I got into F1 with HRT, that first weekend was crazy. I think the biggest challenge was not the race itself but the media and everything surrounding it, and just trying to save some energy for the race on Sunday.

“I think it will be hectic. Obviously it is cool to be excited about it but just make sure you save a little bit in the bag for the race itself and just ride along with it and don’t overthink it too much.

“Just have fun, basically.

“Going up against guys like [Sebastian] Vettel and having some success over those experienced guys, from my point of view a big thing was learning from them and being open-minded.

“Obviously I believe a lot in my own ability, but you can always learn and appreciate what somebody else has done in the sport.

“I focussed on myself first but I was always trying to see if I could gain a little bit more from the likes of Vettel when I had him as a teammate.

“Just stay open-minded, be willing to learn, and you will go far in the sport. You’re young, your window for growth is very big.”

Rullo has been granted a Superlicence dispensation from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport due to his age and lack of required ‘points’ on the CAMS system. Matt Chahda, who was set to join Rullo at LD Motorsport for the 2017 season, was denied dispensation after failing to meet the points criteria, which leaves a question mark over who will partner Rullo at the minnow squad.

shares
comments
Todd Hazelwood braced for crucial Super2 season
Previous article

Todd Hazelwood braced for crucial Super2 season

Next article

Youlden, Pither join Erebus for Supercars enduros

Youlden, Pither join Erebus for Supercars enduros
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020