“Whether It’s Ferrari or Another Team”- Daniel Ricciardo Wary of F1 Rivals Before McLaren Debut

Published 02/21/2021, 8:00 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 walks to his garage before qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Ahead of the upcoming 2021 Formula One season, Mclaren’s Daniel Ricciardo thinks every team on the grid has a shot at standing atop the podium. Indeed, the Australian driver is no stranger to podiums himself, having seven wins at Red Bull and two podium finishes at Renault.


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The Honey Badger helped Renault get on the podium for the first time since Malaysia 2011. Not only did we see the French team get a podium, but also saw the return of Ricciardo’s iconic celebration, ‘shoey,’ at the Eifel Grand Prix.

BARCELONA, SPAIN Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 arrives at the circuit before the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo sees everyone as a threat


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With the first race that opens the season just weeks away, and the new regulations that could stir up the grid. Ricciardo can foresee everyone getting onto the podium.

He said, “I see it as any team has a chance at a podium, if not every team then most of them, It will be tight again, but they’re my motivation, and hopefully, my experience comes out on top in whatever battle that is.

Ricciardo added, “Looking at last year there was really a rivalry with most of the field, I know not every team, but more teams than not finished on the podium last year, so the battle to fight for the front was getting much more intense.

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)

The McLaren driver believes that Ferrari can recover from the 2020 season and fight back in the new season, but still thinks that the Silver Arrows will dominate again.

“You’ve still got Mercedes with the target on their back, but for the rest of us we’re really trying to close that gap, so whether it’s Ferrari or another team, I think it’s going to be close again.

“Obviously you have Carlos, now at Ferrari, so I guess that’s something there, but I think in general, it’s really the whole field trying to close up to the front.”

Can the Honey Badger give it his all at McLaren?

The Australian will race for McLaren for 2021 after not having found success with Renault. Ricciardo thought it was best to take his talent elsewhere, and he will now partner with Lando Norris on the grid for 2021.

McLaren had finished third in the constructor’s championship last season. Moreover, the dominant Mercedes engine will power the Woking-based team for 2021. Indeed, all those factors, combined with the fact that Daniel behind the wheel, the team can achieve great things this season.


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The opening race will be held in Bahrain on the 28th of March to kick open 2021 season. In short, fans would be excited to Ricciardo back on the grid with his new team as he challenges the rest of the grid for a shot at the driver’s championship. What do you expect from Daniel this season?


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.