With the F1 season fast approaching, drivers are fulfilling their new clubs and getting used to their newest environment. Daniel Ricciardo is not any different, moving from Renault to midfield rivals McLaren.
Recently, the organizers chosen to move the Australian GP occasion to November, due to quarantine rules. Obviously, the Australian motorist would have confronted little disappointment not visiting his house race seem at the start of the racing calendar.
However, Ricciardo looks on with optimism and considers there are a few benefits to moving the race later in 2021. He also thinks that at the time that the Australian GP race comes about, he’d know where he stands among his opponents on the F1 grid.
We will know how aggressive we’re after in this year, says Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo stated, “There’s something cool about my home race being the first race, but later in the year, there’s some benefits.
“Instead of me not knowing or imagining how I’ll go or how the season will go, we will understand how I’m going, how McLaren is going, and we’ll know how competitive we are.
“This year, we have the Mercedes engine to get used to, I’m getting settled into a new team with hardly any testing … we weren’t going to be anywhere near our best in Melbourne if it was in March, so personally I’m more confident we’ll be stronger in November.”
With a limited amount of testing time open to the drivers, the first few races would function as an adaptation period for Ricciardo. Considering the season ends in early December, the 31-year-old would have gained full shape with McLaren by then.
McLaren would expect Ricciardo to help them choose another step in 2021
Ricciardo continued, “The most important thing for the fans and for me personally is that we have a race, but if it moved into later in the year eternally, I wouldn