IT was the unanswered question in the afterglow of Daniel Ricciardo’s swashbuckling victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.
We’re talking about that lump on his lip.
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The Australian sported the lump throughout the weekend, cheekily referencing it after his dramatic win.
“I think even with a fat lip I’m still pretty fast and pretty good on a Sunday!” he told Sky Sports F1.
With a two-week break after Shanghai, Ricciardo took the opportunity to get it lanced before heading to this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“It took me five days to get back to Monaco after winning in Shanghai, and it seriously felt like I was on the go for all five,” Ricciardo explained in a column on the Red Bull website.
“I wish I had some decent stories of crazy three-day parties and that sort of thing to share with you, but it was about as uneventful as celebrations get.
“I was on multiple flights connecting the night after the race, went straight into the Red Bull Racing factory at Milton Keynes, had time in the simulator, and then I had to get some minor surgery (OK, so that’s overstating it, but you know what blokes are like).
“I had this weird thing with my lip happen in Bahrain the weekend before where I bit it, and it must have got infected or something because I kept biting it over and over.
“So I had to get that taken out and stitched back up in London, so that — and a fair bit of talking about China — was basically the week after Shanghai. I got back to Monaco last Friday, where I could finally put my feet up.
“I was knackered, had some stitches in and pretty much cooked as far as energy goes. Not at my best at all. It’d been a full-on week, not that I was complaining after getting a race win at a Grand Prix where it looked like I wasn’t even going to be able to qualify …”