Daniel Ricciardo Tired Of Using Common ‘Excuse’ for Poor McLaren F1 Form

Published 04/18/2021, 4:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo enters his second race with McLaren at Imola for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The Australian qualified 6th for Sunday’s race. However, Ricciardo still feels there is room to improve and won’t use excuses anymore.

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The 31-year-old will start the race from 6th place alongside his new teammate, Lando Norris who sits in 7th. Ricciardo hopes that he can improve his form and achieve better results with time.

The Honey Badger aims to have a better result compared to the seventh-place finish in Bahrain. He aims to improve and get in sync with the car as the season progresses to deliver better on the track.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Daniel Ricciardo feels surprised as he qualifies sixth for Sunday’s race

In the post-qualifying interview, Ricciardo stated, “It is on paper certainly to get into the top six again. Cause the whole weekend I was not a top-six guy, probably not even close. So there is a little, I guess the word surprising but yeah I think probably just still the reality.”

“Not still having a whole lot of time in the car and I don’t want to keep saying it as an excuse but I just know each lap I turn I keep getting better, and I would love to have been better from the start but it’s still going to take some time ” He concluded.

The Australian is excited about the return to Imola

In the 2020 Formula One season, Ricciardo finished P3 only been beaten by Mercedes Bottas and Hamilton. Now with McLaren the Australian the upcoming Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old starts the race in sixth and aims to gain some positions as the race progress. He looks to replicate what he achieved here last here, a podium.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

We are just hours away from the second round of the season. Can Ricciardo extract everything from the McLaren car or will he find it difficult as he zips around the Italian circuit?

Where do you think the Australian driver will finish in the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix? Can he achieve a podium like last year or won’t be able to do the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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