Ricciardo in a McLaren
the F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series hit Barbagallo Raceway in late October it was 37 years since a full field of V8-engined Formula 5000s last hit Western Australia. The Historic F5000 series’ 2016/17 opening round was held on the same weekend as the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
The link? Both events featured a member of the Ricciardo family. While Daniel Ricciardo was in Texas, ultimately finishing third in his Red Bull, his father Joe was aboard a McLaren M10B at the Wanneroo track, which hosted the 1979 AGP.
The McLaren, according to oldracingcars.com, was originally delivered to Niel Allen. It passed through many hands, including Alan Hamilton’s, before returning to the Hamilton fold in recent years. Since being restored it was raced by Alfredo Costanzo at the Phillip Island Classic before being purchased by Ricciardo Snr.
Joe Ricciardo’s F5000 series debut was low- key; he finished the first two events on the fringe of the top 10, before a race three DNFs sidelined the McLaren thereafter. But still, how many fathers of current F1 stars are pedalling big, brawny openwheelers at Historic meetings while their sons ply their trade at the sport’s top-end? Pretty cool, we reckon. And something that has seemingly slipped the attention of the mainstream motorsport media and social media devotees. alike.