“He generally goes well at Monaco too” – F1 MD Ross Brawn is happy to see Daniel Ricciardo getting accustomed to McLaren after switching from Renault.
Daniel Ricciardo has had a slow start to life at McLaren, after making the switch from Renault. He is currently P7 on the table, after consistently finishing in the Top 10 in all four races so far.
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) April 29, 2021
Ross Brawn is pleased with the Aussie’s performance in the recently concluded Spanish GP and is optimistic of him improving gradually, a trend that was observed last season as well.
“It’s fair to say we’ve been disappointed with Daniel’s performances this year, but Sunday was a step in the right direction and I think he’ll now be feeling a lot more positive.
“McLaren are a couple of places down on where they would like to be based on their speed in Spain but for Daniel, that will be a confidence-booster for sure. He generally goes well at Monaco too, so this result comes at the perfect time and could be the start of some consistent improvement.
“The challenge a driver faces when changing teams shouldn’t be underestimated. I think some drivers are better at coping with that than others. Historically, some drivers have walked into teams and know exactly what they want and how to articulate that.
“It depends completely on the personality of that driver. There are so many nuances in the relationship between an engineer and a driver. It may take some time for an engineer to understand the magnitude of a complaint or request. Getting that relationship right is vital – and it’s only natural that it can take some time.
“It doesn’t help that right now, it’s difficult to spend time at the factory because of Covid, so it may take drivers a bit longer to settle and maybe that’s what is happening now.
“I think Daniel is starting to understand how to work with the team and the team are understanding how to work with Daniel – and the quicker that relationship continues to improve, the quicker the results will come.”