Daniel Ricciardo Sets His Hopes Up for 2022 After ‘Flawless’ F1 Testing With McLaren

Published 03/02/2022, 2:46 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren has recently opened up on McLaren’s testing. The Australian driver has talked about his team’s testing coming up ahead. The Aussie is confident of good testing that’s coming in Bahrain in a few weeks.

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McLaren has concluded their test run in Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain this week. The Papaya cars were pretty impressive. Both the drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo impressed the fans with their drives. After such a good test run, Daniel feels comfortable and confident ahead of their Bahrain testing.

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Talking about this, the 32-year-old has conveyed, “I think we are in a good position, but there is always something to work on and improve on. We will give the team some data to work with and some areas of work to focus on. And I will do the same with my driving style. Overall, it was a flawless three-day for the team, a really fantastic start to the season. Thanks to everyone at the factory for working hard over the winter to put us in this position.

It was nice to do some laps in the wet, we also needed to learn on this side. Now we need to give feedback to the team and try to make the most of this positive start. In any case, Red Bull and Mercedes have not yet proved anything, now we can understand little of the balance of power. I think I already know our strong points, so as to work on the weak ones from the point of view of driving and set-up.” continued the former Red Bull man.

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Daniel seemed confident about his driving style as well. His struggle at McLaren last year isn’t new. It’s a known fact that the Honeybadger has struggled to drive the initially. This caused a dip in his performance that was visible throughout the season. Nevertheless, the Aussie has been working on his driving style lately.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

On the other hand, McLaren as a team seemed all up to take the fight to Ferrari. The Woking-based team has somehow failed to finish at P3 last season and lost the fight by 48.5 points. However, as things look now, they can even take their fight to the top teams like Red Bull and Mercedes. It’ll be interesting if McLaren can overtake Ferrari to take the third spot and eventually knock Red Bull or Mercedes’s door. Only time will tell.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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