Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he has signed a three year deal with McLaren with a strong belief of plenty of momentum behind the Woking-based Formula 1 team, which gave him a ton of confidence.
Post Ferrari signing Carlos Sainz Jr 2021, McLaren swooped in to grab Ricciardo post a failure to do so back in 2019, even though there were talks between the team and the driver, complete with a deal in place, but Ricciardo moved to Renault, considering the weak performance of McLaren in the 2018 season.
The driver, who has Seven wins to his name made his on-track debut testing the MCL35M, as part of a test at Silverstone for the team’s 2021 contender.
What Did Daniel Ricciardo Say About The McLaren Deal?
McLaren had announced a multi-year deal with the Aussie driver, but not much was known ever since the announcement. The driver stated that his deal runs up to the 2023 season, as part of a conversation before the launch of the 2021 car.
“I guess I can say – I’ll say it anyway, I’ve got nothing to hide – it’s three years,” Ricciardo said. “So, it’s certainly enough time to get this thing going.
“I feel I’m coming here with a bunch of momentum behind the team as well, not only results, but I think some really good stability in the team and the infrastructure.”
“When I talked to McLaren a couple of years ago, back in 2018, there were still quite a few moving parts,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t think Andreas [Seidl] was there yet, James Key wasn’t. And I think ultimately, not only the results weren’t quite there on track yet, but they were still trying to figure out their own structure.
“They’ve really established that now, and I’m basically just fitting in the puzzle, as opposed to trying to put it all together.”I’m certainly feeling good about it and hanging out to drive the car. It all feels pretty right at the moment.”