“We’re trying everything we can”– McLaren boss claims Daniel Ricciardo is not comfortable with his car even in 2022

Tanish Chachra
|Published May 23, 2022

Daniel Ricciardo is among the most highly-rated drivers in F1, but his struggles in McLaren are not even near their end claims Zak Brown.

Ever since debuting for McLaren in 2021, Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t been able to live up to his potential with the Woking-based team. His far less experienced teammate Lando Norris is easily performing better than him.

McLaren boss Zak Brown himself claims that Norris surely has an edge over Ricciardo. But he also claimed that he definitely wants an intra-team battle and his team is doing everything to help Ricciardo.

However, the Australian race driver is unable to perform to expectations. Thus, McLaren yet again is struggling in the constructors’ standings against their rivals.

“Lando [Norris] definitely has an edge,” said Brown to SkySports, “Obviously, we would like to see Daniel [Ricciardo] much closer to Norris and have a good inter-team battle.”

“Ricciardo is just not comfortable yet with the car. We are trying everything we can. Again, it was a disappointing weekend. It’s kind of short of Monza weekends.”

“He generally not met his or our expectations. I think all you can do is keep working hard as a team. Keep communications going, keep pushing, and hope whatever is not clicking at the moment, clicks here shortly.”

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Zak Brown will never yell at Daniel Ricciardo

As Brown kept sharing his views on Ricciardo, the interviewer asked how does he approach his driver’s struggles in the team. Does he shout at them or keep an arm around their shoulder?

“All drivers are different, I’ve dealt with Pablo Montoya, Fernando Alonso to our current drivers,” Brown added. “Generally, I think it’s no different than any employee in any job.”

“You want to put people in a position where they’re comfortable. Drivers put enough pressure on themselves. There is a big mental element to the sport. So I think, my job is to get drivers in the best frame of mind.”

“They’re all different, so you treat them differently, I’m not a yeller and screamer. Some people are, you look at Red Bull, they’re pretty tough on their drivers publically, that’s not my approach.”

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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