Daniel Ricciardo, the new McLaren driver still struggling to make a mark in the new stables, whereas his teammate Lando Norris keeps shining in 2021. However, Norris claims the Aussie is going to be a great asset for the English team.
Ricciardo joined the Woking base after his two-year stint with Renault. The Australian saw McLaren as a more promising team than Renault. However, Ricciardo’s freshness with the English machinery is being a massive hurdle for him in this year.
Meanwhile, the British prodigy Norris has been pacing out Ricciardo, while in 2020 Ricciardo was ahead of the young Briton. However, Norris claims Daniel has been a great help to the team, his driving experience and vision are helping the team grow stronger.
In an interview, the McLaren (4) racer reported, “It’s been on a good trajectory, improving massively, and I think this year has been slightly improved in a way with bringing Daniel into the team. He has a fresh outlook, a different view on a lot of things and he can bring a lot of things from his years at Red Bull and Renault.”
“I think it’s as good as it’s been [now].”
Daniel Ricciardo and his future with McLaren
Currently, the 31-year-old Aussie ranks P7 on the 2021 Driver Standings with 14 points. Meanwhile, his English teammate Norris at P3 with 27 points. Further, both the drivers contributed 41 points to their team and thus, McLaren ranks P3 on the Constructor Standings.
Ricciardo mentioned not feeling comfortable with the MCL35M. Therefore, McLaren boss Andreas Seidl supported the Honey Badger and claimed with few more races, Ricciardo can bring the full potential of his ride.
Even in past after joining Renault, the Australian struggled in his first season and couldn’t grab a single podium. However, during his second term with the French constructor, Ricciardo showcased some impressive driving.
Only two races out of 23 are over, the McLaren (4) racer still got a long way ahead of him. Further, if he fails this season, the Australian has two more years to prove his worth in McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo is gearing up for the upcoming Heineken Grande Prémio De Portugal 2021 on May 02. We might witness the Australian’s notorious ‘shoey’ ritual at the Portugal podium.
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