WATCH: Ricciardo Drifting Around in Senna’s Legendary McLaren F1 Car at Goodwood Festival

Published 07/10/2021, 11:33 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA News conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the French grand prix REUTERS/Yves Herman


Daniel Ricciardo might be struggling on track but he is reaping the benefits of being a McLaren driver off the track. The Woking outfit has a rich history, and the Aussie got to be part of it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021.

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Ricciardo is a die-hard fan of former F1 legend late Ayrton Senna. He got his dream fulfilled as he got to drive the title-winning McLaren of Senna. Daniel

The team took to Twitter to post a picture of the Honey Badger bumming with excitement at the chance of driving Senna’s McLaren.

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In a video released, we can see Ricciardo driving the McLaren at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

I’m probably just going to end up resenting the sport: Ricciardo

As reported by Motorsport.com, Daniel has struggled to settle into his McLaren. While his teammate has been fighting at the front, the Aussie driver has been battling it out in the midfield. Now, the Honey Badger believes that he might end up despising the sport at the end of the season.

“I feel like it’s obviously for whatever reason been a very unexpected and difficult season so far, just from a pace point of view,” said the McLaren driver.

And I guess the easiest way for me to kind of move forward is to accept that. Did I expect more? Absolutely. But I think if I every weekend go into it now expecting to be quicker than Lando, or whatever it is, I’m probably just going to end up resenting the sport because clearly, it’s going to take a bit more,” said Ricciardo.

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Can he get a hold of his MCL-35M?

Despite his struggles, Ricciardo is confident that he is improving in the McLaren. He believes that very soon everyone can his pace in the MCL-35M and match the pace of his teammate Norris.

“Clearly there’s something that is missing. I feel good in the car, especially the last three weeks, it’s felt better,” Ricciardo concluded.

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Can Daniel match up the pace of Norris? Comment below to let us know.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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