McLaren F1 Director Compares Daniel Ricciardo to a Musician Yet to Give His ‘1st Concert’

Published 08/10/2021, 8:29 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 is regarded as one of the best Formula One drivers on the grid. However, instead of comparing him to his rivals, Andrea Stella, the Racing Director of McLaren F1, chose to compare the Australian to a musician.

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Stella has stated that in order to get the most out of his driver, he needs time to adjust to the Mercedes-powered car. He knows that once Ricciardo learns the ropes, he will be unstoppable on race weekend.

Stella compares Daniel Ricciardo to a musician

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As quoted by Auto Motor Und Sport, Andrea said, “I like to compare it to a musician. You can explain to a guitarist exactly how to use his instrument. But it takes a long time before he can give his first concert. The progress has been made only slowly to be recognized after many hours of practice.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo after colliding with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

However, the 32-year-old doesn’t get enough time to perfect his craft. Stella added, “Unfortunately it’s hard to train in today’s Formula 1. The winter tests have been reduced to a minimum. Friday practice is now an hour shorter.

“And you have to prepare for the race. You can’t do it systematically Carry out exercises for a pilot to better adapt to the car,” he concluded.

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How is his season going so far?

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When Ricciardo put pen to paper with the Woking-based outfit for the 2021 season, he was hoping to make an impact. However, it hasn’t gone quite his way, as he has found himself struggling to get points for McLaren.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

The best result so far has been at the British GP at Silverstone, where he placed fifth and bagged ten points. As of now, Ricciardo finds himself sitting in ninth place in the standings with just fifty points under his belt, less than half the points earned by his teammate, Lando Norris.

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Daniel would be hoping to bounce back after the summer break at Spa for the Belgium GP. He will hope to prove Stella right and quickly find his groove in his new team.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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