“Always a Bit Uncomfortable”: Daniel Ricciardo on the Prospects of Changing F1 Teams Frequently

Published 06/22/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


Daniel Ricciardo moved to McLaren after barely spending two seasons at Renault and before that, he was with Red Bull. However, things haven’t exactly kicked off for the Australian in his new chapter at the Woking-based team as he failed to bring in crucial results for the team.

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However, the 31-year-old is self-aware and knows that changing teams isn’t that easy and will require patience. Furthermore, despite his experience around the track, Ricciardo is open to learning new things from his Woking-based colleagues.

Daniel Ricciardo admits that changing teams is hard

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As quoted by Motorsport.total.com, Ricciardo said, “Changing teams is always a bit uncomfortable, even if I’ve done it a lot in the past few years. You are always forced to learn new things. (Translated from German via Google)

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“But the nice thing about it is that you have a chance to learn and grow. It’s a challenge, but it pays off in the long run,” Ricciardo concluded.

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The Australian has the same hunger for wins and titles

Ricciardo has won seven races during his time at Red Bull. However, when he moved to Renault in 2019, he didn’t find his mojo, though he did score two podiums next season.

Now with a new start at McLaren, the Australian is still feeling the hunger to have more wins under his belt and claim his first title.

He said, “I’ve gotten older, I’m over 30. I think I can stay here for a long time, age won’t stop me for the next couple of years. I’m still hungry and determined and can use this window in which to look around can still fight for the title.”

As of now, the Australian still needs to have his win or podium for the papaya team this season. However, Ricciardo feels with enough time with the car, he will achieve the results the team want in no time.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

The upcoming race is in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. Ricciardo is confident heading into the weekend and believes he achieves better than he did in France, where he placed sixth.

Do you think Ricciardo will pick his form up as the season progress and take McLaren to new heights? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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