Daniel Ricciardo is as relaxed as they come in F1, but the McLaren driver will get Aussie tough to defend one of the team's own, be it just a young fan.
A concerning parent posted a message on Twitter yesterday along with a picture of her 10-year-old son, Luis, who had been bullied and bruised in the street and also had his McLaren cap stomped on and stolen.
"Can I just take a moment to say BULLYING IS NOT OK. My 10-year-old son is at a breaking point due to bullying," wrote @ChaoticCoopers.
"They stole and stamped on his @McLarenF1 hat – one of his favourite things and left him looking like this @LandoNorris @danielricciardo #stopbullying #BeKind."
Ricciardo responded to the tweet in short order with a few words of relief and encouragement, and a promise to send a new McLaren cap the young fan's way.
"Sorry to hear this, but don’t stress buddy. Makes you look tough!" said the Honey Badger. "Bullies are the weak ones, don’t forget that. I’ll sort you out with a new hat and some other goodies. Stay up lil homie."
Sorry to hear this, but don’t stress buddy. Makes you look tough! Bullies are the weak ones, don’t forget that. I’ll sort you out with a new hat and some other goodies. Stay up lil homie
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) June 12, 2021
Needless to say, the response triggered a massive wave of support for Luis that overwhelmed the family.
"Luis is buzzing you have replied – thank you!!! As upset as he is about the hat I can replace it but I can't replace his childhood – Hope some conversations can begin to stop bullying, that's all I wanted – Living the Mum life."
Following Danny Ric's message, McLaren itself came forward to offer Luis its support, and an antidote of sorts to the young fan's pain.
Bullying is a scourge and we stand with you all against it. https://t.co/OcYcpKhyky
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 12, 2021
Someone might be going on a field trip to Woking this summer…