Ricciardo: McLaren "worked me pretty hard" over the winter

Daniel Ricciardo says his McLaren Formula 1 team worked him "pretty hard" over the past two months as the Australian got up to speed ahead of his first season with the operation.

Ricciardo: McLaren "worked me pretty hard" over the winter

Ricciardo moved to McLaren to replace the Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz this winter, jumping ship after two largely frustrating seasons with Renault.

Ahead of this weekend's F1 season opener in Bahrain, Ricciardo has revealed just how intense the preparation for his first McLaren campaign has been as he worked to embed himself within the Woking team.

"They've worked me pretty hard to say the least over the last two months," said Ricciardo.

"But let's say there's been a method to the madness. It's had its reasons, and it hasn't wasted my time. I think we've worked efficiently.

"They're just ticking as many boxes as they can and I think it just shows they put the work in and they're getting the results as they showed the last couple years. It's been pleasant."

Expectations around McLaren are higher than they've been for years after the team claimed a surprising third spot in the 2020 constructors' championship.

Ricciardo feels McLaren's increased stature within the F1 paddock is palpable and believes there's "a real sense of momentum" in the team.

"From the outside, looking into McLaren the last couple years, they turned a massive corner and even their presence in the paddock, I think was certainly more known. It felt larger," the Australian added.

"Walking in there I feel that there's a lot of enthusiasm, motivation. I know these are very kind of cliche words but there's a real sense of momentum in the team."

Read Also:

Despite only getting three half days in the unfamiliar MCL35M during pre-season testing, Ricciardo feels he is up to speed with his new car and thinks the last bit of performance will come as the season unfolds.

"I mean, every car is different," he said when asked about the difference between the McLaren and his old Renault car.

"The best way to quickly say it is I think all of us could jump in any car on the grid and get up to 90%, 95% relatively quickly, because in a way, they all do the same thing.

"They're all an F1 car, they all have their strengths and they've all got a fair amount of downforce.

"It's then extracting probably the last 5%, that's where your exploit different characteristics of the car. Whether that's through traction, through braking or through high speed cornering; the list goes on.

"But it hasn't been a massive adjustment, it's fairly familiar. I think just extracting that last bit will naturally come over a bit of time."

shares
comments

Related video

Ticktum continues as Williams F1 development driver
Previous article

Ticktum continues as Williams F1 development driver

Next article

Brown says F1 has to accept Netflix's artistic licence

Brown says F1 has to accept Netflix's artistic licence
Load comments
Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari Prime

Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari

Formula 1's return to Spain on Friday ended with Ferrari leading the way from Mercedes, while Red Bull could only manage third fastest overall courtesy of Max Verstappen. But its chances of victory are far from remote with a deeper dig into the times despite Ferrari's strong start...

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries Prime

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries

The VW Group’s German superpowers of sportscar racing have all but confirmed they are coming to F1 when the next set of engine rules come into force in 2026. Here's why both manufacturers are all set to take the plunge, and crucially how it might work

Formula 1
May 19, 2022
How Vegas went from byword for F1 indifference to grand Liberty coup Prime

How Vegas went from byword for F1 indifference to grand Liberty coup

Holding a race in Las Vegas – party central, a city of dreams and decadence and, yes, more than a smattering of tackiness – has been on Liberty Media’s most-wanted list since it acquired Formula 1’s commercial rights. But, as LUKE SMITH explains, F1 has been here before and the relationship didn’t work out

Formula 1
May 18, 2022
Why de Vries' FP1 outing could add a new path to his current crossroads Prime

Why de Vries' FP1 outing could add a new path to his current crossroads

A Formula 2 and Formula E champion, Nyck de Vries is currently considering where his future in motorsport lies. Continuing in WEC and Formula E is possible and he's also courted glances Stateside after impressing in an IndyCar test. But ahead of his Formula 1 FP1 debut with Williams, he could have another option if he impresses...

Formula 1
May 18, 2022
Why Leclerc's crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history Prime

Why Leclerc's crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history

OPINION: For a demo run ahead of Monaco's Historique Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was blessed with the opportunity to drive Niki Lauda's former Ferrari 312B3 - but a brake failure at Rascasse suggested Leclerc's Monaco hoodoo transcended contemporary F1. Although an awkward incident, Leclerc deserves credit for embracing F1's history.

Formula 1
May 18, 2022
Why the lack of "needle" between Red Bull and Ferrari is a mirage Prime

Why the lack of "needle" between Red Bull and Ferrari is a mirage

OPINION: The fight for the 2022 Formula 1 world titles between Red Bull and Ferrari so far features little of the public animosity that developed between the former and Mercedes last year. But that isn’t to say things are full on friendly or won’t get much worse very quickly…

Formula 1
May 17, 2022
The underdog F1 squad that thrust Senna into the limelight Prime

The underdog F1 squad that thrust Senna into the limelight

The Toleman TG184 was the car that could, according to legend, have given Ayrton Senna his first F1 win but for Alain Prost and Jacky Ickx at Monaco in 1984. That could be stretching the boundaries of the truth a little, but as STUART CODLING explains, the team's greatest legacy was in giving the Brazilian prodigy passed over by bigger outfits an opportunity

Formula 1
May 16, 2022
Why Aston Martin is unlikely to repeat Jaguar’s F1 mistakes Prime

Why Aston Martin is unlikely to repeat Jaguar’s F1 mistakes

Two famous manufacturer teams born out of humble midfield origins, splashing the cash while attempting to rise to the top of F1 in record time. There are clear parallels between Lawrence Stroll’s Aston Martin and the doomed Jaguar Racing project of 22 years ago, but Mark Gallagher believes struggling Aston can avoid a similar fate.

Formula 1
May 15, 2022