MELBOURNE, Australia — Robert Kubica had just tried to make light of his long and mentally taxing time out of Formula One in his typically self-effacing way when fellow driver Daniel Ricciardo took up the theme.
“It’s awesome to see him back. It’s a testament to his character,” Ricciardo told a news conference ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. “I won’t ask everyone to applaud …”
The slight pause prompted a round of applause from a room packed with a usually stony-faced cohort.