In the lead up to the Australian Grand Prix, the first grid kids to be a part of a Formula 1 race got the chance to meet Daniel Ricciardo thanks to Mobil 1.

The local hero took time out from his busy schedule to talk with the lucky few kids who also got to race the Red Bull Racing driver around the Karting Victoria Championship Track in a time challenge.

Those present were no strangers to karting; all of the kids coming from their respective top levels of go-kart racing, allowing Ricciardo to talk to them about performance among other things.

Ricciardo spoke about meeting the first F1 grid kids and being able to share his knowledge with them.

“It’s been cool, the kids have been great, their questions were pretty challenging, but their energy is infectious, so it’s been a lot of fun”, said the West Australian.

“Being able to spend some time with them and hopefully help to inspire their next steps in karting, or whatever they choose to do in the future, is great.

“When I was their age I had no real idea about sponsorship or the importance of having the right people and partners around you to support your on-track performance, so I’m grateful to Mobil 1 for giving me the chance to share some of what I’ve learnt through the years with the young guys and girls coming through.”

ExxonMobil’s global motorsport technology manager, David Tsurusaki, linked the developments made by the world-famous oil company of those made by the young grid kids.

“On and off the track, we have a rigorous development program for our Mobil 1 lubricants, always demanding the absolute best of our people,” Tsurusaki said.

“With the drive of these Australian Grid Kids it gives me great confidence in our next generation too.”

Image via ExxonMobil

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Jordan Mulach

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Canberra born and raised journalist, living in Brisbane. Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. iRacing addict