Daniel Ricciardo Reveals His ‘Ambition’ for Debut McLaren F1 Season

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February 18, 2021 12:09 pm

Following their massive downfall during the ignition of the hybrid era, McLaren have been recovering well and has already caught up with the mid-field pack. Furthermore, their trajectory could only move further upward from here on considering their dream signing Daniel Ricciardo.

But how is McLaren’s future looking from the perspective of the Australian? Well, Ricciardo is very much optimistic about the British team’s forthcoming 2021 season.

Although the team claimed that they cannot battle alongside the front-runners, for the time being, Ricciardo decided to counter such expectations. He felt McLaren have been doing the right things in recent years. Hence, the British team securing occasional podium finishes over 2021 looks imminent.

What did Ricciardo say?

According to RacingNews365, Ricciardo revealed the chances of the McLaren duo landing on the podium this season. “I certainly have the ambition to be on the podium for my first time with McLaren,” he said. (Google Translate)

Since the team achieved this last year, I think in my head that we can achieve it again this year. It will not just happen. But if we continue like this and I put in the work, there will be a good chance.”

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McLaren had a dream run in 2020, with both their drivers contributing equally to their constructor’s tally. In the end, apart from the two brilliant podiums, McLaren also secured their first top 3 constructor’s finish since 2012.

Hence, the team will move into the 2021 season with their head held high and as the mid-field favorites. Furthermore, they have had bigger boosts with Mercedes engines and their wishful driver, Ricciardo, for the upcoming season.

Excited about where McLaren is going: Daniel Ricciardo

Like every other team, McLaren, too, are keeping their focus on the approaching 2022 season loaded with regulation changes. And Ricciardo opined that the Papaya team is on the right track to glory.

Whether I know 100 percent how things will turn out? I don’t know,” he said. “But I certainly feel that McLaren has done the right things in recent years to prepare for the rules changes coming in ’22.

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 next era of F1 has the potential to change the field a bit and everything I’ve seen and known so far. Makes me really excited about where McLaren is going.”

Considering the massive change in rules for the 2022 season, it is almost impossible to foresee what could be in store for the fans. But one thing is certain; McLaren could turn up as one of the biggest threats along with some of their other mid-field rivals.

Hence, will the former constructor’s champions rule the Formula 1 grid, come 2022? Well, although early indications imply such a future for McLaren, let’s see what the reality actually holds.

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Rohit Kumar

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. With his favorite track being Hockenheim and his favorite turn being Eau Rouge (Spa, Belgium), Rohit is a strong advocate for bringing back the pre-turbo-hybrid era V10 engines and their screams. Apart from being an author, Rohit is also a trained tennis player, having qualified for national tournaments. He has been a part of the Estilio Academy for over a decade.

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