‘Daniel Is Very Aggressive’: McLaren Boss Wary of On-track Battles Between Norris and Ricciardo

Published 02/04/2021, 11:37 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Mclaren has got their newest recruit, Daniel Ricciardo, at their factory in Woking ahead of the upcoming 2021 Formula One season. The former Renault driver will line up alongside Lando Norris and McLaren fans are excited to see this exciting duo both off and on the track.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

In last year’s chaotic season, the Woking-based team finished third in the constructor’s championship, courtesy of Carlos Sainz and Norris.

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The team would not only get an experienced driver but also a seven-time race winner and will also use a Mercedes power unit. These factors make the orange team a strong contender for the constructor’s championship in 2021.

Mclaren mean business in the new season

Sainz and Norris gave each other room to breathe as they zipped around the track during two seasons. They did not get in each other’s way but thrived.

McLaren chief Zak Brown, in an interview, said, “I think we are going to have to manage them on track. Carlos and Lando gave each other a lot of room when they raced, but I think Daniel and Lando will be closer wheel-to-wheel.”

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 17: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 smiles before the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“They are both extremely fast and Daniel is very aggressive, and I think they will be tough to each other on track.

“So we might need to make sure that everyone races hard but also races clean.

“I do think we have the most exciting driver pairing both on the track and off it. They both have an energy and ambition that has made McLaren a youthful and energetic racing team,” Brown added.

Brown expects the two drivers to be more serious

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Just not Mclaren fans, but the entire F1 fan base cannot wait to see these two dynamic drivers because of their offscreen antics. On that, Brown said, “Everyone is expecting them to be a goofy odd couple but I am expecting more seriousness.”

The Bahrain Grand Prix, which will kick-start the 2021 season, has fans eagerly waiting to see the Mclaren boys battle it out on the F1 grid.

Who will you be supporting in the latest season of Formula One?

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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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