McLaren: Ricciardo’s ‘Driving Style’ Behind F1 Struggles

Published 05/24/2021, 3:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Given his experience in the sport, Daniel Ricciardo would have hoped that he would’ve found his ground at McLaren by now. However, it hasn’t been so positive so far, with the Australian driver failing to finish inside the top five at every Grand Prix this season. McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl, sympathies with Ricciardo and hopes that they can adapt the car to his style.

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Despite being a past race winner at the circuit, he failed to an impact in the qualifying session at the Monaco Grand Prix, getting knocked out in Q2. However, he has previously stated that he’s still trying to find his confidence in the car, and he now hopes to improve on his form and bring better results for the team in his debut season.

Seidl has some words of advice for Daniel Ricciardo

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Speaking to Sky Sport, Seidl said, “It’s not easy for him because he is the most disappointed. He just has to stay calm, we know exactly why. With his current driving style, it’s just difficult to get the most out of the To get the car out.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“We have to work together and analyze and he has to learn to change his driving style. Lando shows what is possible with the car, but we also have to make sure that we adapt the car a little to him,” Seidl concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

The Australian wants to forget his weekend at Monte Carlo

The Australian didn’t have the best of weekends at Monaco, as he struggled both in qualifying and the race itself. However, he congratulated his teammate, Lando Norris, who managed to finish P3.

In the post-race interview, speaking to Sky F1, as quoted by PlanetF1, he said, “I think the whole weekend was simply just a weekend to forget.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“Obviously car four [Lando Norris] and the rest of the team got a podium, so I obviously want to congratulate them and they got it right.”

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Ricciardo added, “I will definitely look into it, but I think when it is a weekend like this and as far off as it was, probably best just to step away for a few days.”

The next round of the championship takes us to Baku, another street circuit. The McLaren driver would hope to bounce back which would give him the confidence to push to redeem himself this season.

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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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