Daniel Ricciardo Reveals the Big ‘Hurdles’ Stopping McLaren from Fighting for F1 Title UNTIL 2024

Published 08/20/2021, 4:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives ahead of the British Grand Prix REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


McLaren has been on an upward trajectory since the start of the 2019 season. They finished fourth in 2019 and went one better to finish third in the 2020 season. But both CEO Zak Brown and driver Daniel Ricciardo believe that the team needs more time to challenge for the world championships.

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Zak Brown had earlier stated that although he is happy with the progress of the team, there will not be any excuses after the 2024 season. “What I’m saying is that by 2024 we will have caught up with all of our infrastructure, especially the wind tunnel,” said Brown.

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There are still few hurdles that will keep us from fighting: Daniel Ricciardo

As reported by Motorsport-total, Ricciardo agreed with Brown as he stated that there are few hurdles, like their impending wind tunnel and simulator completion, in the way of the Woking-based team. The Aussie driver mentioned he hopes he will stay with the team in 2024.

“I understand the team is on the right track, but there are still a few hurdles that will probably keep us from fighting for the championship for the next year or two,” said Ricciardo.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florian Goga

Regarding his own ambitions to stay with the team, Ricciardo mentioned,” I just want to try to continue where I am with McLaren for the next few years and then hopefully put myself in a good position for the 2024 season.”

It sounds crazy to look so far ahead. But yeah, sometimes you have to think that way,” said Ricciardo.

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The Aussie driver hopes for a better second half of 2021 for himself

Daniel Ricciardo has struggled in his first season at McLaren. His teammate Lando Norris has comprehensively beaten him in the first half of the season. Bur Ricciardo hopes that hopefully now he can show the results in the car after the summer break.

“I need to find some answers instead of giving up and running away,” said Daniel.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“Now that I’ve been here for a while, it helps me take a deep breath, take a step back, and understand that there’s a reason things aren’t going so well right now,” Ricciardo concluded.

Ricciardo is currently 9th in the standings on 50 points and 73 points behind Lando Norris.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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