McLaren boss Zak Brown has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with the performance of his top dollar Formula 1 race winning driver Daniel Ricciardo, who, apart from a win at Monza last year, has been disappointing since joining the team. In fact, moves are in motion at Woking to remove Ricciardo from his race seat.
When Daniel Ricciardo left Renault at the end of 2020 to join McLaren, it was difficult to imagine that a year and a half later, the Australian driver would be in such disarry. Since his arrival at the Woking based Formula 1 team, the ‘Honey Badger’ has very often finished far behind his teammate Lando Norris. The biggest gut kick for the Australian is that he left Red Bull because a young fast team mate, only to find himself in the same postion at McLaren.
Apart from his brilliant victory at the Italian Grand Prix last year, the former Red Bull driver is struggling and cannot find the right rhythm. This season, Ricciardo has only scored 11 points, compared to 39 for his British teammate. A situation that does not please Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing.
It is rumoured that already moves are being made to remove Daniel Ricciardo from his race set at McLaren, something that has been on the cards for many months now as reported by this website some time ago. Certainly another young Australian’s name has been linked to the seat.
Speaking to Sky Sport F1, Zak Brown said:
“We would obviously like to see Daniel a lot closer to Lando and have a good internal battle. Daniel is just not comfortable with the car yet. We are doing everything we can; again, it was a disappointing weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Apart from Monza 2021 and a few other races, it’s not up to his or our expectations,
“All we can do is continue to work hard as a team, keep the communication going, continue our efforts and hope that whatever is wrong at the moment will be resolved soon.”
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