Daniel Ricciardo Sheds Light on What’s Going Wrong for Him at McLaren F1

Published 07/01/2021, 4:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo is struggling big time to settle into his McLaren car. Despite having a lot more experience, he has finished behind his young teammate, Lando Norris, in seven out of eight races this season. While he seems to show hints of improvement here and there, nothing seems to solidify for the Australian.

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He is currently ninth in the driver standings with 34 points. Ricciardo has struggled to extract the best from the McLaren and has revealed that he still does not feel ‘one’ with the car.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Daniel is finding it hard to adapt his driving style to the strengths of the car. Unfortunately, his strengths as a driver are the weakness of the car, which has hindered his performance.

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My strengths are probably where the car is a little weaker: Daniel Ricciardo

According to Motorsport-Total, the ‘Honey Badger’ feels he now understands the car better, compared to the start of the season. While he has made some progress, he knows there is still a long way to go.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“So far I have not been able to reconcile my strengths with this car. So I have to look for new strengths,” said Ricciardo. (Translated via Google Translate)

Ricciardo also commented on his teammate’s performance this season,” I know, of course, that Lando [Norris] drives really well. But there are a few things that could help him and move us forward overall.”

The Australian driver concluded,” The car has strengths and weaknesses at the same time. And my strengths are probably where the car is a little weaker. That’s why I try to make better use of the car’s strengths.”

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Can Ricciardo bounce back at the Austrian Grand Prix?

Daniel qualified 13th for the Styrian Grand Prix, 10 places behind his teammate. Although he made a good start in the race and made it up all the way to eighth, a loss of power at a critical juncture ruined his race. He finished P13 at the end and felt heartbroken because of the result.

Ricciardo showed great pace at the start of the weekend in FP2 as he finished the session 2nd. He would like to learn from his pace and apply it to get a solid result at the Austrian Grand Prix, which would be held at the same circuit.

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Can Ricciardo have a better outing in Austria the second time around? Comment below to let us know.

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