McLaren Racing Driver Daniel Ricciardo stated that he does fit, pointing out that his F1 seat woes are now behind him, meaning that he would be able to cover the deficit caused by him.
The driver admitted that his hips are often a problem for the designers whilst customizing the cockpit in with his body as it usually disturbs the chassis design.
At McLaren as well, Ricciardo had to initially encounter this problem while initial testing of fitting inside the new MCL35M, but now Ricciardo claims that those days are gone.
“I do have wide hips – I guess. I’m pretty thick boned,” said Ricciardo when asked about the progress since the first seat fit by Motorsport.com. “But I got in, so it was the first mock-up of the seat.”
“And with the dimensions that they had, they assumed what would be okay for me. But it wasn’t quite okay. Fortunately, it was just the seat, and it wasn’t the actual keel itself that is too narrow. Since then, I have been able to get in a seat, and I do fit.”
He then went on to guarantee that any deficit faced by his team due to alterations to fit him would not go in vain, as he would compensate for it by performing at the races that are part of the 2021 season.
“I feel like I’m certainly the limit,” he said. “I think the way they design the cars and the chassis now, everything’s trying to be as tight and compact as possible.
“Really, my hips are sometimes the limiting factor. So, I tell them, ‘just make sure I’m comfortable, and if you think that loses you a tenth of aerodynamics, then I’ll just drive faster on track!”
Recently, the Woking-based company presented its MCL35M with the duo of Ricciardo and Norris taking the car for a drive at Silverstone during a wet session, ahead of pre-season testing.