“I haven’t yet achieved what I really want”- Daniel Ricciardo reveals his only wish as a Formula 1 driver while talking about his competitiveness.
Daniel Ricciardo is among the best current Formula 1 drivers, and he is set to make his debut for McLaren in 2021 as he views a golden opportunity to be at the top with them.
However, with similar aspirations, he went to Renault from Red Bull, but the growth with French manufacturers was slow and considering he is 31, he clearly stated in Netflix’s Drive to Survive season 3 that he can’t wait for much longer.
Ricciardo now has talked about his predicament as a talented F1 driver amidst Mercedes dominance, and how he still longs for a title win even after spending 10 years in F1.
“With the Merc dominance it would be easy to get frustrated and bitter toward that success, but I try not to be that person,” he says to the Guardian. “If anything I take my hat off, they are doing a good job and we have to just find a way to match them. That’s a motivation.”
“I was about to say it’s not rocket science but it kind of is rocket science,” he laughs. “Maybe if I don’t have the best car on the grid, what if I did win a race?” he adds.
“How much more currency and respect that would get? There is always a good underdog story waiting to be written. I hope to write.”
“I have no time for games”- Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo didn’t enjoy what he expected at Renault, but now he only is looking ahead with McLaren, who have shown humongous progress since 2018, and his only aim now is the world title.
“I want to get the lunging overtakes back this year. I just didn’t pull off enough over the last few years,” he says. “If I am exhausted after the race that’s when I know I have put everything into it. I will know inside that I have put it all out there on a Sunday afternoon.”
“I haven’t yet achieved what I really want and that is a world title,” he says. “That is my motivation in itself and when the visor comes down for competition that is absolutely when I come alive. I give it everything, I have no time for games.”