Daniel Ricciardo suffered a broken metacarpal last season. He chose Dr. Xavier Mir to help him recover. When he went to the hospital in Amsterdam, Ricciardo discovered he had a fracture. Speaking on the Beyond The Grid podcast, Ricciardo mentioned being advised to visit Mir, a specialist who has assisted numerous MotoGP stars. Ricciardo considered it both a curse and a blessing.
“From the medical centre, we went to the hospital there in Amsterdam, got scans, and they're like, ‘yeah, it's broken’,” Ricciardo told the Beyond The Grid podcast, as quoted by crash.net!
“By this point, it looks like an elephant stepped on my hand. The doctor there said, ‘look, I would recommend surgery. You can have it here, but you probably want to wait a few days for the swelling to go down, speak to whoever you need to speak to, and obviously you can have your surgery wherever you want.’
We reached out to Lance. We reached out to Jose, a friend of ours who works with Alpine stars, so he knows all the MotoGP guys, and he's Spanish as well.
He put us in touch with Xavier Mir. Lance was like, ‘go to him as well.’
It was a blessing and a curse because he does a lot of MotoGP guys, who are not human. They are not. It’s fact. "
Ricciardo felt like people expected him to be as tough as MotoGP drivers, but he knew he wasn't the same. He was worried about the pain and how long it might last. Luckily, the doctors understood and helped him feel less scared while he was getting better.
“I think there's an expectation of me going in there. He's like, ‘oh, F1, MotoGP, they’re the same - not human, don't feel pain.’
No doctor, I feel pain. I'm going to cry for the next 48 hours in this hospital! It was just funny!
I think all the doctors and nurses who were helping me were great, but they would laugh a lot because I would wince and pull away and ask questions about every needle that went into my arm.
I think they just thought I would be tough like a MotoGP rider. But I’m not. "- he continued.
Daniel Ricciardo on feeling pain
The break didn't make Ricciardo feel hopeful. His fingers were hard to move, and he was in a lot of pain. Still, he stayed confident and knew he had to be really strong. He kept thinking about other drivers who had worse accidents but still came out on top. Ricciardo isn't someone who deals well with pain and doesn't handle a lot of it easily.
“The break itself was quite significant and it was a shatter. It was in eight pieces.
For a bone that can be quite a simple one, it wasn't too pretty. It's like the outside of the hand. The bone I broke was in between the wrist and the pinky, like that knuckle.
Even just rubbing my finger over the top of my hand hurt like crazy. Maybe I just feel pain more than others. I don't know.
There was also the reality where, yes, I would moan and complain because I don't like the pain, but it was a broken hand.
There was also part of me which was like, 'yes, you're in pain and it's going to be a bit of a process, but people have worse injuries. People have bigger accidents’.
Don't get me wrong, I also tried to reality check myself through it all. I think that's what made me remain quite positive.”