Daniel Ricciardo Gears Up for F1 Title According to His Trainer – “He’ll Make It Happen”

Published 12/26/2021, 9:54 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


The 2021 F1 season saw an intense title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The two front-runners were far ahead of the rest of the grid throughout the season. Notably, six different drivers won a Grand Prix this season, but no one except Hamilton and Verstappen won it more than once. Naturally, the two of them are obvious contenders for the next season as well. However, Aussie star Daniel Ricciardo believes he can still put up a challenge for the championship.

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He clinched a promising victory at Monza, giving Mclaren their first 1-2 finish since 2012. This was his first win since he left Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season. More recently, Ricciardo’s performance coach Michael Italiano claimed that he is in the right headspace in terms of preparation to be a title contender next season.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Daniel Ricciardo harbors a championship win

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“The Honey Badger” made his debut in the 2011 British GP for Toro Rosso. Red Bull promoted him to the senior team in 2014. He won 3 races and finished 3rd in the drivers’ standings the same year, two places ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel. He once again finished 3rd in the 2016 season with Red Bull.

The P1 finish in Monza brought the 8th GP win of his career, his first with Mclaren. He is eyeing a better finish in the 2022 season, as confirmed by his performance coach Michael Italiano.

In a recent interview with Express UK, Italiano said, “A world title one day is 100% the goal—it’s always been the goal from day one.”

“I have full belief that he’s good enough for a world championship, and he’s got full belief that he’s the best. If the car is good enough, he’ll make it happen,” he added.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Mclaren might move up the ladder in 2022

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With new regulations in place, there is a higher probability that teams like Mclaren and Ferrari can ignite their dominance. The power dynamics might change on the grid and Italiano is betting his chances on this possibility.

“I think it’s very exciting. The new regulations will bring an element of the unknown into next year,” said the Aussie as reported by Express.

“Who’s going to be the top team? Will it stay in the same order? We just don’t know. Heading into testing and race one in Bahrain will be super exciting,” he added.

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It would be a delight for the fans to see Ricciardo gunning for races and podiums again; this time with the Woking-based outfit. Tell us your favorite Daniel Ricciardo race win in F1.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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