Daniel Ricciardo's love life is not something that is often discussed but new reports have emerged that the Aussie driver is dating someone within the Formula One family.
Ricciardo was accused of a 'dirty' act by a rival driver as Max Verstappen held off Lewis Hamilton to win a dramatic United States Grand Prix over the weekend.
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However, it's the Aussie driver's relationship status that has also been making headlines.
The 32-year-old has been tight-lipped on his love life in the past, rarely sharing photos of his girlfriends on social media.
However, celebrity gossip Instagram page Deux Moi claims to have uncovered the identity of the Aussie star's latest flame.
Reports have emerged that the McLaren driver is dating Heidi Berger - the daughter of Austrian F1 great Gerhard Berger - himself a former driver with McLaren, as well as Ferrari and Benetton.
It's understood Heidi is an aspiring actress who, according to the Herald Sun, is currently at student at New York University.
The couple were allegedly spotted shopping and enjoying a meal in New York last week before the US Grand Prix.
Sources suggest they've been dating since 2019 and were seen celebrating Ricciardo's 32nd birthday together in Austria, earlier this year.
The pair were also captured in a video talking a helicopter ride together in June.
Ricciardo's last public relationship was with his high school sweetheart Jemma Boskovich, before they broke up in 2016.
The F1 driver has also been previously linked to Perth-raised model Jessica Gomes, neither one of whom confirmed whether they were dating.
Rival driver lashes out at Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo found himself at the centre of a controversy in the US GP, with Ferrari rival Carlos Sainz accusing him of a 'dirty' move as the two tussled for position late in the race.
Sainz tried to overtake Ricciardo around the outside on Lap 43 but made contact with the Aussie driver, forcing Sainz back behind Ricciardo.
The Spaniard wasn't particularly impressed with Ricciardo's tactics to avoid the overtake.
“That got a bit dirty. He did that on purpose,” Sainz said on team radio.
However leading commentator Martin Brundle didn't see it that way.
“I don’t think I saw a lot of relative movement (from Ricciardo)," Brundle said.
"I don’t think stewards will be too upset with that.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 24, 2021
Verstappen extended his lead in the world championship standings after winning Sunday's race, despite title rival Hamilton passing him on the first corner.
The Dutchman used pit-stops to get back out in front and now appears the championship favourite with five races remaining in the season.
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