‘Nervous but Excited’ – Daniel Ricciardo Shows off His First Date With McLaren

Published 01/12/2021, 3:40 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: 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)


After completing his journey with Renault in 2020, Daniel Ricciardo has moved to McLaren. Having helped the French to two podiums, he will now truck his luck at the English camp. Recently, he posted a picture of him beside one of McLaren’s beasts, and safe to say, he looks pretty set.

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Zak Brown, the main man at McLaren is looking forward to working with the Aussie. Daniel has been phenomenal in his season with Renault, and Brown will hope that he would maintain and carry forward the same. Jumping into Carlos Sainz’s cockpit, the team will hope that he can strive for better heights than Sainz.

Ricciardo is one of the most dedicated drivers on the grid at this point. Moreover, he is a natural at racing, and given the correct cockpit, he can fight well to win the race.

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Thus, the entire McLaren crew is confident that Ricciardo will do a splendid job at the team and can help them challenge Mercedes and Red Bull.

The Instagram post, captioned, “First date: nervous but excited” hinted at the pilot from Perth getting a taste of the McLaren power. In his early days at the Woking factory, he is settling in with the team and the systems. However, the first testing is not far and soon we would all get an idea of how Daniel fits in the cockpit.

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The former Renault driver switched to the immediate rivals, McLaren. Therefore, looking ahead into the season of 2021, fans would expect a head to head battle between the two teams.

Abiteboul had earlier stated that Ricciardo will have to face a far stronger Alpine next year and that is an incentive to the fans already.

However, Zak Brown appears to be extremely optimistic about Daniel’s mettle. He was once asked on a podcast if he felt like settled for less with Ricciardo this year, given that Sebastian Vettel was up for grabs. To that, he politely replied that even though Vettel has four championships under his belt, he would have always gone for Ricciardo in the present scenario.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Italy -Third placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault celebrates on the podium after the race Pool via Reuters/Miguel Medina

Daniel Ricciardo will line up beside Lando Norris this season and they already make for a power duo in the grid. Both of them share a healthy relationship and we hope the Aussie can pick up from where the Spaniard left. With this power-packed team, McLaren would hope for a better performance from its pilots.

With their partnership with Mercedes back on, McLaren look threatening for the 2021 season. Their strategies have been working well and their chassis design is also panning out well. If the team keeps working with this dedication, it will be very hard for the other mid-field contenders to tackle their growth.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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