Former F1 Driver Reveals the Real Secret to Daniel Ricciardo’s Turnaround in Form

Published 09/19/2021, 10:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


After enduring quite a troublesome season in Formula 1 in his first year with McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo has finally made a comeback at Monza. The Honey Badger tasted the winning champagne at the Italian GP for the first time after the 2018 Monaco GP. In addition, the Australian ended McLaren’s 170 race-winning drought, giving the Woking-based team their first victory after the 2012 Brazilian GP.

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Meanwhile, former diver Marc Surer believes Daniel Ricciardo needed the summer break in order to understand the braking of his car.

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What did Marc Surer say?

As quoted by Motorsport-Total, the former driver turned pundit, Marc Surer, believes Daniel Ricciardo has studied a lot regarding the breaking of MCL35 during the summer breaks in order to get the maximum out of the car.

“I feel like he found the way. He’s the late brake in person. There is no other driver who can actually slow someone two car lengths away. He has shown us that over and over again. But the McLaren obviously couldn’t take it,” said Marc Surer.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Massimo Pinca.

I think he studied all of this during the summer break and understood how to brake in order to get the maximum out of the car. I think it clicked now,” added the former driver. (Translated via Google Translate)

Daniel Ricciardo needed summer breaks to reset: McLaren boss

During the first half of the season, Daniel Ricciardo struggled to find his feet in the new car and he was overshadowed by his much-younger teammate, Lando Norris. But after the summer break, Ricciardo displayed a series of solid performances at the recently concluded triple-header.

Meanwhile, McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl, is thrilled by the Honey Badger’s transformation this summer and reveals that he just needed some distance from the sport.

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“It’s just good to have a break, get some distance as well after a very intense period for him where he was putting in a lot of energy and the results didn’t come,” said Andreas Seidl.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“Maybe he exactly needed that break to step away, think, reflect, and then come back and apply everything we’d worked through in the first half of the season. So, very happy with him, with this step now, that he’s pulled off this great win,” concluded Seidl.

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Can Daniel Ricciardo replicate his Monza performance at the next weekend’s Russian Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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