Daniel Ricciardo in the McLaren cockpit: Above all, he hopes for the 2022 season
So why did he decide against Renault and McLaren so early? Ricciardo explains it like this: “You don’t have a crystal ball. But: Leaving Red Bull or Renault is because of what I think is right.”
“Do I know one hundred percent beforehand how it will turn out? No, I don’t know. But I do have the impression that McLaren has taken the right steps, especially in recent years, to lay the groundwork – especially for the upcoming years Rules changes, “says Ricciardo.
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The year 2022 with the introduction of new technical regulations has the “potential to change the pecking order in the field quite a bit,” the Formula 1 driver continues. “And from what I know and have seen so far, I’m excited about where the journey can go with McLaren.”
He also had the impression that the management team at McLaren, led by Managing Director Zak Brown and team principal Andreas Seidl, were doing everything necessary to “steer the team in the right direction”. That’s why he thinks McLaren is well positioned for the future. “Because you do what it takes to play a real role in the championship,” said Ricciardo.
Ricciardo left open what bothered him about Renault and ultimately made him say goodbye. However, he had previously stated that he had felt a certain “uncertainty” in the team when he joined Renault in 2019.