One F1 driver who is universally loved by all is Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian driver is as cheerful as his brilliant overtaking moves. Whenever he mingles with people, he leaves an imprint behind.
This is the case with his now ex-employers, Renault, as well. Even though he is leaving for a rival team, McLaren, they proved that there are no hard feelings between the two. They sent a graceful tweet on social media to wish him good luck on his journey ahead.
The ‘Papayas’ is a moniker for the McLaren F1 Team, whose staple color is orange, like the fruit. Renault and McLaren had a closely contested mid-field battle this season, where the Woking outfit ultimately emerged victorious.
Daniel put pen to paper on a multi-year deal with McLaren even before this season started. Their improvements over the 2019 season inspired him, the fact that Renault regressed to move backward with their car development in 2019 did not help their case.
However, Renault came up with noticeable improvements themselves this season. They made huge strides this year that culminated with a podium finish at the Eifel Grand Prix, their first one since 2011. This soon became two, and then three, with Esteban Ocon at the Sakhir GP.
“It blew me away to hear him announce his departure because this winter, I felt the car had potential.
“The pandemic stopped everything, but I blame myself for not having been able to show Daniel what was the true potential of our project.”
Overall, he made the right call in choosing to get behind the wheel of McLaren in 2021 and teaming up with Lando Norris.
They are showing a more consistent improvement than Renault. Not to forget that they will have the class-leading Mercedes engines powering their cars. Thus, he did not take a wrong step with this decision.