The Australian driver is confident and relaxed and hardly wants to accompany McLaren when the new F1 season begins in Bahrain
The new Formula 1 season cannot come soon enough for Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian is now more excited about the fight than ever and as much as he still enjoys the sheer pleasure of racing, it is without a doubt the competitive instinct that drives him. When it comes down to Ricciardo having no neighborhood, be it rolling the dice from Old Kent Road to Mayfair or the checkered flag, this is a uniquely steely Dan.
« I am what you see, » he says. When I smile and laugh I have a good time and I really love and enjoy it, but anything with competition I turn around pretty quickly. I was playing Monopoly and [the card game] Uno over Christmas and I was really excited. Everything that has to do with competition, I change, that’s a part of me when something is at stake.
Ricciardo is now 31 and will make his debut for McLaren in the opening race of the season in Bahrain. He is pleasantly personable as always and the laugh interrupts his conversation with a slight up and down. He’s still not afraid to outrageously accept the joy that sport brings him. Who else would initiate the tradition of drinking champagne from their own racing boot? the notorious « ???? shoey » a ???? when he claims a podium place.
Nonetheless, Ricciardo is calm and thoughtful when he analyzes his own abilities and his character, of which he is convinced and demanding Former World Champion Alan Jones would recognize a no-nonsense Aussie. « I like to make qualifying and the race a little bit more intense, » says Ricciardo. It makes the best of me when I put this pressure on myself. I like to see what you’re made of. « ????
His job this season will not be easy. He not only has to adapt to a new team after leaving Renault at the end of 2020, but has to also measure against an undisputed talent of British team-mate Lando Norris, who is now starting his third season in F1 and with McLaren. Still, podiums are a realistic goal. The team came in excellent third place last season and is behind At the bottom between 2015 and 2017, it was clearly on an upward curve.
With the rules mostly stable for this season, the cars are largely a drag from last year and McLaren has a new relationship with Mercedes as an engine supplier recorded. This is not a repeat of when you had a work-team relationship with Mercedes, but even as a customer team you own the best genset on the net. The car looked strong during testing, around fourth place in the long run and close to Mercedes on short stretches. They seem to be at the top of the narrow midfield of Alpine (formerly Renault) Aston Martin, AlphaTauri and Ferrari.
These fighters are unlikely to mix it up with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, who are once again on seem to be a field of its own. If Mercedes wins the constructors ???? and driver ???? Title this year, it will be her eighth double in a row and a record. But for Ricciardo, who appreciates that F1 has always been superior, there is no lack of enthusiasm to join the fight.
« With Merc dominance, it would be easy to get frustrated and bitter about this success but I’m trying not to be that person, « he says. If I take my hat off they do a good job and we just have to find a way to bring them together. That’s a motivation.
Inevitably, he can’t help but find some humor in the shadow of the Mercedes monolith. « I was just about to say it’s not rocket science, but it’s kind of rocket science, » he laughs. Maybe if I don’t have the best car on the grid, what if I won a race? he adds. How much more currency and respect would that bring? There is always a good underdog story waiting to be written. One that I will hopefully write. “????
Ricciardo’s instinct and drive made him one of the best overtakers on the grid. He has taken seven wins, all with Red Bull, including three in a stellar debut year with the team in 2014. In Hungary, he overtook Hamilton and Fernando Alonso with outstanding skill this year to secure victory. He’s not afraid of reputation, with an attempted move against Sebastian Vettel in Mexico in 2016, a wonderful declaration of intent when he hit Kimi Raikkonen with the sword in 2017 with a little late braking in Monza. Performances of a smile assassin that couldn’t be ignored.
His time at Renault only got two podiums in two years and this season he’ll do his best but he insists he’ll turn heads regardless of where he’s fighting on the line. I want to get the sweeping overtaking maneuvers back this year. I just haven’t done enough in the past few years. he says. When I’m exhausted after the race, I know I’ve put everything into it. I’ll know inside that I put everything out there on a Sunday afternoon. “????
McLaren’s plans to challenge the very front are centered on the regulatory changes set for 2022. For Ricciardo this is the beginning of a relationship with the team he has to commit to in order to realize the ambition that still burns violently behind the grin. « I haven’t achieved what I really want yet and that’s a world title, » he says. â ???? That’s my motivation in and of itself, and when the visor comes down for competition, that’s absolutely when I come alive. I give it my all, I don’t have time for games.
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