Australian Formulation 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he’s “in love” together with his girlfriend Heidi Berger.
Ricciardo went public with their relationship in a social media put up in August that featured them climbing in California.
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Berger, presently a pupil at New York College, is the daughter of 10-time Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger, who represented Ferrari and McLaren throughout his 14-year F1 tenure.
Some stories counsel Ricciardo has been courting the aspiring actress since 2019.
In an interview with Fitzy & Wippa on Friday, Ricciardo confirmed their relationship was getting severe.
Host Ryan Fitzgerald requested the 33-year-old: “Are you in love in the intervening time?”
Ricciardo replied: “Yeah mate, I’m in love, I bought an excellent factor going, so yeah. I’ve bought an excellent stability in life proper now.
He added he has loved choosing the brains of Berger senior, who was one in all his childhood motorsport heroes.
“Once I was younger, I imply I’ve adopted F1 since I used to be a child and I had a Berger hat,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“It’s humorous, I discuss it with him. He nonetheless goes to fairly a number of races he nonetheless has an curiosity within the sport and he nonetheless does some enterprise with it.
“Any ex-sportsman, anybody who’s been via it — I simply love chatting with them and gaining information and perception via their expertise there’s a lot knowledge.”
Requested if Heidi has any expertise behind the wheel, Ricciardo joked: “Positively not race automotive standing. No offence.”
The Perth native is with out a F1 contract for 2023 after McLaren terminated his contract a 12 months early, changing him with compatriot Oscar Piastri.
Ricciardo remains to be not sure if he’ll safe a contract with one other crew to affix subsequent 12 months’s grid, however he mentioned his relationship helps give him a relaxed outlook.
“I feel love eliminates stress, yeah completely,” he mentioned.
“I actually don’t know but. Once I say I don’t know, like I don’t have a contract but for subsequent 12 months. Might it nonetheless occur? It might.”
Ricciardo mentioned he’s open to the concept of skipping subsequent 12 months’s season and returning to the grid in 2024, and it seems more and more doubtless he’ll go down that path.
“I’m not getting too caught up in subsequent 12 months, like in fact I wish to race, I wish to be on the grid, I wish to be competing,” he continued.
“However I’m not seeing subsequent 12 months as all or nothing. I additionally suppose 2024 is one thing I would like to pay attention to and take a look at.
“If it’s sort of like taking a step again to then take two steps ahead — that’s what we’re making an attempt to determine in the intervening time, me and my crew.
“In order that may very well be a 12 months off … however I’d nonetheless very a lot be within the mindset of getting again on the grid for 2024.”
There are presently vacant seats at Williams, Haas, Alfa Romeo, Alpine and one at AlphaTauri — after Yuki Tsunoda re-signed with the Crimson Bull feeder crew.
The veteran Aussie additionally revealed the story behind the viral photograph of pop star Harry Kinds sporting a Ricciardo T-shirt from his merchandise vary.
“I had a chuckle at that,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“Now we have a mutual pal. It’s humorous, when the image got here out, the mutual pal was like, ‘I can’t consider this hasn’t bought picked up earlier as a result of he wears the shirt on a regular basis, he’s all the time out in public sporting it’.
“I’m nonetheless ready for mine (Harry Kinds shirt) within the mail.”
The F1 season resumes on the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday October 2, with lights out scheduled for 11pm AEST.