Daniel Ricciardo predicts bright McLaren future in Formula 1 as he begins a new chapter in his career

Daniel Ricciardo: “The next era of F1 has the ability to turn the field around a bit and everything I’ve seen and known so far really excites me about where McLaren is going.”; Ricciardo debuted on Tuesday in the new MCL35M car powered by Mercedes, in Silverstone

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Take a look at the moment Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo first saw their new MCL35M and discuss some of the changes from 2021.

Take a look at the moment Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo first saw their new MCL35M and discuss some of the changes from 2021.

Daniel Ricciardo spoke of his excitement over what he feels McLaren can achieve in future seasons.

The 31-year-old former Renault and Red Bull driver was first unveiled in the team’s colors at the 2021 launch on Monday night along with teammate Land Norris, and the MCL35M car to be driven in the new season was also unveiled.

The Australian drove the car for the first time on Tuesday at Silverstone.

Ricciardo, who revealed that he has signed a three-year contract, said that while there was no guarantee that his time on the famous Woking team would pass, he believes McLaren is on the right track – especially towards a new era of 2022 F1 rules when expected closing the pack.

“We don’t have a crystal ball. Leaving Red Bull or leaving Renault is obviously what I think is right,” Ricciardo said in a media call.

“Do I know 100 percent how it’s going to turn out? I don’t know, but I certainly feel like McLaren did the right thing, especially in the last few years to set for these changes to the rules coming in ’22.

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See how Daniel Ricciardo arrives with style at the presentation of his new team, and then leave the lights on his McLaren car!

See how Daniel Ricciardo arrives with style at the presentation of his new team, and then leave the lights on his McLaren car!

“Such a next era F1 has the ability to turn the field around a bit and everything I’ve seen and known so far really excites me where McLaren is going.”

Speaking warmly about the key management of the team – CEO Zak Brown, team director Andreas Seidl and technical director James Key, with whom he worked briefly in 2013 at Toro Rosso – Ricciardo explained why he thinks the team is a different proposition now than when it was first. talked to them about a potential move before he left Red Bull.

“It’s been three years [on the contract] so there is certainly enough time to run this. I obviously feel like I’m coming here with a bunch of momentum and behind the team, ”the Australian said.

“Not just the results, but let’s say some really good stability in the team and 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 a lot of moving parts there.

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Daniel Ricciardo says he has been impressed so far during his stay at McLaren and is optimistic about his partnership with the team in the future.

Daniel Ricciardo says he has been impressed so far during his stay at McLaren and is optimistic about his partnership with the team in the future.

“In the end, not only were the results still not on track, but they were trying to figure out their own structure and I think they’ve figured that out now. I basically just fit the puzzle, as opposed to trying to put it all together. I definitely feel good. Consequently. “

Ricciardo, who was looking for two grandstand finishes with Renault in 2020, added: “I certainly have the ambition to be on the podium with McLaren for the first time. As the team achieved this last year, I think in my head that we can achieve it again this year. It won’t come like that, but if we continue and if I invest, it will be a good opportunity. “

New McLaren signing…

Driving a Mercedes engine for the first time …
“It’s something I’m looking forward to. I’ve been driving a Renault in the back in this hybrid era so I’m looking forward to re-experiencing something. Until I hit the road, it’s hard to really know, but they’ve had a lot of success so I’m expecting something capable.”

Being a teammate of Land Norris …
“We both have a similar approach to the game. We both love what we do, enjoy our work and aren’t afraid to show it. So we have the same approach, but from a slightly different generation. I’ve been on Land for 10 years, so it creates a pretty good combination. Off the track we will certainly always see that we are having a good time, but I believe that the competition on the track will be good, it will be strong and, more importantly, driving the team forward. “

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Daniel Ricciardo, who has signed the new McLaren, is receiving some special surprising messages from home in Australia at the team presentation.

Daniel Ricciardo, who has signed the new McLaren, is receiving some special surprising messages from home in Australia at the team presentation.

Hunting for Mercedes and Red Bull…
“There really was a rivalry with most of the field. More teams last year didn’t end up on the podium, so the battle to fight for the front was intensifying. You have a Mercedes that still has a target on its back, but we’re trying to conclude that.”

Invitation of the new F1 boss Stefan Domenicali for drivers to be role models …
“Especially when I’m 30, you think more about the younger generation and how they perceive you. You take a little more conscious effort to be a good role model and stick to your values. Speaking of Stefan, I’m really excited to see him come in and fulfill that role.” I think it will be really good for Formula 1. “

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