Getting a Formula 1 driver to pose for the camera can often be as hard as extracting blood from a stone, but Daniel Ricciardo is finding it tricky to keep a straight face. Glaring into the lens is causing fits of giggles. "I can do fake laughing instead," he says to our photographer, bursting into guffaws.
Unless they're doing what they want to do, most F1 drivers can best be described as irritable away from the track. If they're not behind the wheel, then life suddenly becomes a bit of a chore. Has someone remembered to pick up my bag? Does this decaf coffee contain almond milk? Is my PS4 controller charged?
Other drivers struggle to have a conversation beyond what they ate for breakfast. But none of the above apply to Danny Ric. He acts and thinks differently to his fellow racers. He likes a joke, isn't afraid to speak his mind and doesn't believe self-centeredness is a virtue. He even considers Monaco to be a bit "meh".