Daniel Ricciardo gave his thoughts on the proposed plan but is concerned about one thing. The idea to bring a sprint race into F1 to help things get more excited for the race on Sunday. The proposed venue for these sprint races is said to be Canada, Italy, and Brazil.
The plan is set to have a usual practice on Friday then on Saturday to have a short 100 km sprint race that sets the grid once the cars take to the track for the race on Sunday.
The ex-Renault is in favor of the new format but has mentioned that it shouldn’t come in the way of a possible win. The Australian said, “Frankly, I was a little worried about this at first. But this idea has no reverse grid in it, so I look at this idea more than a reverse grid race.”
Ricciardo added,” If the best names and the best teams can still be at the top and it’s not handled or artificially changed, then I’m less afraid of the idea, as I said. Competing personally is what I love the most. More racing and less training. We’d love it. So it’s probably something that develops in the direction I want.”
“I think the most important thing is to maintain the value of an F1 win. A win needs to feel as big as it should be. I never want an F1 win to feel less worth than it should be. I’m definitely more open to the idea, as long as it holds the same value.” (translated via Google)
Mclaren finished third in the constructor’s championship in the 2020 season due to amazing performances showed by Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. The Woking-based team shifted to Mercedes engine for the upcoming 2021 season, moreover having a talented driver like Ricciardo will push them to the top of the grid.
Mclaren was in Silverstone yesterday, testing the new MCL35M around the track, being piloted by both Norris and Ricciardo. The team will fly out to Bahrain for the pre-season test, which is from 12-14th of March, and onto race day on the 28th of March on the same track to kick open the season.