Daniel Ricciardo Open to Learning From “More Experienced” McLaren Teammate Norris

Published 02/28/2021, 3:54 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)


Daniel Ricciardo is 10 years older than Lando Norris and is entering his 11th Formula 1 season this year. The Briton, however, will start just his third season. However, Ricciardo believes there’s a lot he can learn from his much-younger teammate.

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The Australian is making a move to McLaren this season. Driving alongside Lando Norris, he will work towards retaining the P3 position.

While this is Ricciardo’s first season with the team, the young Briton has been involved with McLaren since 2017. Thus, even though Daniel is somewhat of a veteran of the sport, he thinks Lando has important experience that he doesn’t.

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He said, “It’s funny. I’m certainly the more experienced in terms of F1, this being my 11th season, but in terms of McLaren, Lando is the more experienced.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

For sure, there are some things I can learn from him, particularly within the team itself, the integration into the McLaren family. Every time you have a new team-mate, it’s a real opportunity to learn something new, like work ethic or a driving technique, or both.”

I will learn from Lando to better myself, claims Daniel Ricciardo

The Australian has won several races during his stint at Red Bull. He also helped guide Renault back to the podium last season. But Ricciardo is still open to learning and improving himself to be a better driver.

“I’m always pretty open-minded, I know every driver has confidence in themselves and their ability, and I am very confident as an individual but I am also open-minded.

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“If there’s something I can take from Lando and use it to better myself then obviously I am looking to learn as much as I can,” said the Australian.

Ricciardo’s three-year stint with McLaren is the best chance he may get to battle for the championship. With the new Mercedes engine onboard, Ricciardo will once again want to make regular appearances on the podium.

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Do you believe McLaren and Lando will help the Australian get back on top of the podium once again?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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