McLaren F1 Boss Takes a Shot at Daniel Ricciardo’s High Salary

Published 07/13/2021, 10:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


While the entire F1 fraternity is looking forward to the British Grand Prix because of its history, there is another reason why teams and drivers alike are so excited to race in Silverstone – the return of full capacity crowds! Fans are highly critical for any sport, both from a support perspective and a financial one. And the latter is of immense importance, especially as McLaren CEO Zak Brown states!

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What did McLaren CEO Zak Brown say?

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As quoted by GP Fans, Brown said: “At the end of the day, we go motor racing for the fans.

“The whole ecosystem of F1 is built with the fans in mind. Without great fans, we won’t have countries that put on races, we won’t have sponsors on the race cars, we wouldn’t be able to afford to pay Daniel,” joked Brown.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“So to get the fans back, that is what the sport is about so it is great. It is our home race and we are just super excited to be back.”

Daniel Ricciardo hopes to contribute to McLaren’s P3 finish in the championship

The Honey Badger has struggled to find his feet in the McLaren car. He has been out-performed by his much younger teammate Lando Norris, who has already secured three podiums for the Woking-based team.

However, at the Austrian GP, Ricciardo finished P7 and added valuable points with McLaren aiming for a P3 finish in the constructors’ championship.

“I am obviously pumped to see the team do well and obviously be a part of that now but of course, I want to get on the podium and make my contribution to the trophy cabinet,” said Ricciardo.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“Silverstone has a lot of good memories for me and to go back there with a British team, it is cool so I am hanging out.”

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McLaren currently sits at P3 in the constructors’ championship, 19 points ahead of their rivals, Scuderia Ferrari.

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The last race at Silverstone was disastrous for Daniel Ricciardo as he started the race at P5 and finished at P14. Honey Badger’s best finish at Silverstone is P3 which he achieved back in 2014 when he used to drive for Red Bull.

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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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