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Reviews Daniel Ricciardo: What does McLaren have that Renault didn't?

10:55  22 february  2021
10:55  22 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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 © Motorsport Images Daniel Ricciardo will soon move to McLaren with his permanent grin When Daniel Ricciardo changes to McLaren at the end of this Formula 1 season and from Fernando Alonso at Renault is replaced, a new era is dawning for the team. Because with the two-time world champion they are joined by a driver who doesn’t mince his words and is not afraid to criticize his own team.

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What does Daniel Ricciardo expect from McLaren that Renault could not have delivered? In 2020, both teams achieved podiums in Formula 1 and were only 21 points apart at the end of the year, , with the better end for McLaren (202: 181). But of course Ricciardo could not have known that when he fixed the change before the start of the 2020 season .

So why did he decide against Renault and McLaren so early on? 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."

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"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 foundations - especially for the upcoming rule 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 got the impression that the management team at McLaren around managing director Zak Brown and team principal Andreas Seidl are 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.

What bothered him about Renault and ultimately made him say goodbye, Ricciardo left open. However, he had previously stated that he felt a certain "uncertainty" in the team when he joined Renault in 2019.

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