WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Struggles to Fit in His McLaren During F1 Seat Fit

Published 02/05/2021, 3:19 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)


Daniel Ricciardo is one of the several drivers that moved on to a different team after last season. The Australian joins McLaren as the pair look forward to climbing the championship standings together. The Woking outfit shared the video of Ricciardo’s seat fit during his first day at the factory.

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As a driver in a new team, seat fitting is one of the most important rituals. However, this time around, Daniel Ricciardo’s seat fit was unsuccessful.

“Is this my seat? I can’t get in it,” laughed Ricciardo. However, the Australian was very excited to see the new papaya color car. “I think the first time you see the new car at the start of any new year it’s pretty cool,” he shared further.

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The team and Ricciardo then shared information on moving forward with the seat readjustment because when you’re in a racing car that travels at around 300kmph, comfortability matters.

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Daniel Ricciardo with a message on his steering wheel

As the Australian was testing his seat, the McLaren unboxing video also caught a glance of his steering wheel. Riccardo’s steering wheel had a social message for the Formula 1 community.

It spelled, “END RACISM. D . Ricciardo 03. McLaren F1.” The Australian must be excited to join his new team. McLaren will also be glad to have him and hope he can help then perform better on the grid.

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Ricciardo joined Renault in 2019 and after an underwhelming P9 finish last season, the Australian helped Renault to a much better 2021  season as he finished in the P5 position.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, McLaren had their best result since 2012 last season. The new team attitude and open culture helped the Woking team finish in the P3 position as they claimed 202 points.

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McLaren will hope that Ricciardo will be the catalyst to the team’s momentum and help them deliver a stronger result. Do you reckon the Woking outfit and the Australian will deliver a better finish on the championship standings this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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