‘I’m Pretty Thick Boned’ – Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Peculiar Reason Behind McLaren Seat Fit Fail

Published 02/17/2021, 1:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo had made a move from Renault to McLaren this season for a three-year contract. Upon his arrival, the first task for the Australian was to get comfortable with the McLaren MCL35M. The Woking team had shared a video of Ricciardo’s first seat fit in the ‘Unboxing McLaren’ series.

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Hilariously, the Honey Badger could not fit in the car during his visit to the factory. Earlier this week, during McLaren’s car launch, he was asked to explain what really happened during the seat fit.

BARCELONA, SPAIN Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 arrives at the circuit before the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ricciardo described his hip as the reason for his seating limitation. “I do have wide hips. I’m pretty thick boned, I guess – but I got in!

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“It’s pretty normal. It was the first mock-up of a seat, and with the dimensions they had, and assumed what would be okay for me, wasn’t quite okay,” he explained.

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McLaren have tried to make a compact car this season. The design of the car is to limit the aerodynamic effect on the racing MCL35M. Therefore, a tight seat is a problem because it means that McLaren will have to compromise on aerodynamics.

However, Ricciardo explained that the priority is to be comfortable. “I just tell them: ‘Make sure I’m comfortable, and if you think that loses you a tenth of aerodynamics, then I’ll just drive faster on track!” he claimed.

“I feel like I’m certainly the limit. You know, I think the way they design the cars and the chassis now, everything’s trying to be as tight and compact as possible. So really, my hips are sometimes the limiting factor”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 11: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 smiles at the livery launch of the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo had a great season with Renault last year and claimed a P5 finish on the standings. Meanwhile, McLaren recorded their best result since 2012 as they broke into the top-three positions. The pair has a clear momentum going into the 2021 season.

They will hope that this partnership can help both of them deliver stronger performance this season. The three-year contract spells out the faith McLaren has in Daniel Ricciardo.

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Do you believe the Australian will be McLaren’s messiah that will help them get back to the top once again?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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