‘He Will Be Vulnerable’ – Daniel Ricciardo Confident of Bahrain GP Chances

Published 03/28/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Daniel Ricciardo qualified 6th in his first qualifying session with McLaren while Alpha Tauri’s Perrie Gasly is a position ahead of him. Hence, the Australian driver will aim to defeat the Frenchman in the opening race of the season.

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The Honeybadger hopes that Gasly will be vulnerable at the start of the race but believes the Frenchman can be very quick with the medium tires. Meanwhile, McLaren’s Norris finished 7th on the grid while Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda placed 13th for tomorrow’s race.

Will Daniel Ricciardo be able to capitalize on Gasly‘s vulnerability on Sunday’s race?

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Daniel Ricciardo aims to beat French driver, Gasly in his first race with McLaren

The Australian driver said, “It is going to be very unpredictable. I am sure that Gasly will be quick on the Medium, but maybe at the start he will be vulnerable.”

Ricciardo even spoke about Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and hopes to put on a good fight for the first race of the season.

Charles put in a good lap. He did that last year as well.”

“Does he have the race pace to keep it? We are not sure. I am sure that their car is better this year. I think we have a few good fights, maybe two or other three teams tomorrow,” Ricciardo concluded.

The Australian driver is optimistic ahead of his first race with McLaren

Ricciardo was concerned about not getting into sync with the MCL35M but is happy with the progress up until this point, ahead of his debut race for the Woking-based outfit

He said, “We were all concerned that we only had three days and only three half days per driver but I think when reliability is working and everything is running smooth. It was enough time to get comfortable.I’m sure I will continue to get better just the more I drive the car and get familiar with the team.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Ricciardo added, “But I certainly feel I’m in a good place to start the season and I think for an expectation of where the team is, we have to really try and fight for and know we are in that top three where the team was last year.”

Can McLaren’s new signing beat AlphaTauri‘s Gasly in the opening race of the season? We are just hours away from getting to know our answers. What are your race predictions for Bahrain? Let us know 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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