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Ricciardo ready to ditch 'nice guy' image

Daniel Ricciardo is shedding his image as a nice guy with a big smile and earning respect as a hard racer - and he is enjoying it, the Australian said on Thursday. Speaking at the Hungaroring circuit on the eve of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the 25-year-old Red Bull driver said he felt he had 'come of age' with his praised performance in a battle against Spaniard Fernando Alonso during last Sunday's German Grand Prix. "You cannot get pushed around in anything you do," he said. "And because I smile a lot and seem like the friendly guy... A lot of people, if they see my actions, or my face, they probably think I am a little bit soft, or that I am nice and wouldn't...
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