“I’m basically just fitting into the puzzle” – Daniel Ricciardo is excited to be switching from Renault to McLaren, as he chases his very first Drivers’ Championship.
Daniel Ricciardo is excited to move to McLaren this season, with the team finishing an impressive P3 last season. Ricciardo is yet to win a world title, something which he hopes he can in the next three years with McLaren. The McLaren leadership is strong, with Zak Brown, Andreas Seidl, and James Key as the mainstays.
“I feel like I’m coming here with a bunch of momentum behind the team as well. I think, not only results, but there’s really good stability in the team, infrastructure. When I talked to McLaren a couple of years ago in 2018, I don’t think Andreas was there yet, James Key wasn’t, so there were still quite a few moving parts.
“Ultimately, the results weren’t quite there on track yet, but they were still trying to figure out their own structure and trying to establish that now. I’m basically just fitting into the puzzle as opposed to trying to put it all together. I’m certainly feeling good about it, hanging out to try the car, but it all feels pretty right at the moment.”
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Daniel Ricciardo on leaving Renault for McLaren
Daniel Riccardo had high hopes from Red Bull and Renault, but couldn’t win the championship while there. As for McLaren, the same could happen, but he does seem very optimistic of the team’s chances. What helps them and him even more is the fact that McLaren now have a partnership with the faster Mercedes, and not Renault.
“We don’t have a crystal ball, so leaving Red Bull or leaving Renault, it’s obviously what I feel is right. Do I know 100 percent how it’s going to turn out? I don’t.
“But I certainly feel like McLaren has done the right things, particularly in the last few years, to set themselves up for in particular these rule changes coming in 2022. I think that the next era of F1 has the ability to certainly turn the field around a little bit.
“Everything I’ve seen and everything I’ve known up until now certainly excites me about where McLaren is heading. So it’s really that more than anything.