‘Best Chance I’ve Ever Had’ – Daniel Ricciardo Hinting at the Return of Dominant McLaren F1 Team

Published 02/13/2021, 2:40 AM EST
SINGAPORE: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after qualifying in second position during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Former Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo, revealed that he could be the missing piece in McLaren’s puzzle towards constructor’s title.

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The dawn of the hybrid era in 2014 managed to halt McLaren’s dream run in Formula 1. It was an awful phase for the British team until the end of the 2018 season.

However, they somehow pulled away from the misery-ridden phase and gradually took shape into the leading mid-field team by 2020, and are still rising as a team.

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So, amid such steep progress, how is the addition of Daniel Ricciardo going to change their future?

This is my best chance: Daniel Ricciardo

According to SpeedWeek, the Australian reckoned that he could accomplish his desired goals following the switch to the ever-growing McLaren F1 team.

I think this is my best chance to achieve the goal that I have always set myself,” he said.

I always wanted to be world champion and still want to be. And at McLaren, with the progress of the team, it feels like it’s my best chance to do it. Maybe it’s the best chance I’ve ever had.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 walks to his garage before qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The British team will be returning to the dominant Mercedes engines, and safe to say, McLaren’s future is looking brighter than ever.

Of course, it is practically impossible for a mid-field team to fight for the title straight-away. However, this could be the beginning of McLaren’s return to dominance in F1.

Ricciardo hoping McLaren returns to winning ways by 2022

The Australian opened up about how his experience could play a major factor in reviving McLaren to becoming world champions.

Nobody knows. But I am in good spirits to have found the right place to make a serious attempt,” he said. “You can see that McLaren is on the way to improving and I feel like I can add something that the team has been missing so far in order to get wins.”

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BARCELONA, SPAIN Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 arrives at the circuit before the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ricciardo will be aching to get his hands on a championship title, considering he already missed a golden opportunity while racing at Red Bull. And the potential return of McLaren Mercedes has given him a second chance in lifting the trophy.

Overall, could the upcoming regulation changes turn the tables for McLaren and carry them towards the championship title? Will the Honey Badger benefit from McLaren’s possible success? Well, only time can tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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