McLaren Working Extra Hard to Get Daniel Ricciardo Upto Speed Before F1 Season Begins

Published 02/22/2021, 7:50 AM EST
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

McLaren have made two key changes for the upcoming 2021 season. One is to switch their power units from Renault to Mercedes. The other saw them push the signing of Daniel Ricciardo over the line.


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Although Ricciardo is a seven-time race winner, he will still need time to get adjusted to McLaren.

Team principal Andreas Seidl has revealed how the team has made him feel more welcome. And while doing so, helped with his integration into the setup.


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MONTMELO, SPAIN – Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 poses for a photo during day four of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has been given extensive orientation, says Seidl

In an interview, Seidl opened up about how the team have tried to integrate Ricciardo into the team quickly.

He said, “We want to make sure that when we hit the track in Bahrain, it doesn’t feel like Daniel doing the first race together with us.

“That is the goal. Based on that, we have come up with a clear plan, with a focus on the planning on the operations side to make sure he is ready for the first free practice session.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

The German spoke about how the Aussie was integrated with every part of the team, including the marketing side.

He said, “In addition, we have to get him in place to get him integrated into the commercial side, the marketing side of the team. What we have achieved so far, I am very happy.

“We obviously had a lot of online sessions with him, to make him familiar with the way that we work with our car and with our system.”

How will McLaren adjust to these changes?

The changes that McLaren have undergone are by no means small ones. Switching to another power unit, especially at the fag end of a regulations period, is hard.


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But, McLaren could look to use 2021 as a bridge year to 2022, when the new regulations come into effect. They would have an entire season to see what works and doesn’t work for the power unit. Moreover, they could also incorporate new aerodynamic designs that optimize the strengths of the engine further.

BARCELONA-CATALUNYA CIRCUIT, MONTMELO, BARCELONA, CALATONIA, SPAIN – Lando Norris of McLaren seen in action during the 3rd journey of second week F1 Test Days in Montmelo circuit. (Photo by Javier Martínez de la Puente/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo also gets a season to get acclimated to the working environment of the team. Thus, he can do his best this season, without the dealing with immediate pressures of winning a championship for the team in the short-term.


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Clearly, McLaren are very forward-looking. As a result, they are looking to reap the benefits of whatever problems they have now in the future.


Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.