Daniel Ricciardo is fired as much as ship success at McLaren, with the Australian assured he’s able to successful a championship along with his new-for-2021 employers – simply not this season.
The previous Purple Bull racer swapped to Renault in 2018 and, for this season, joined McLaren to race alongside Lando Norris. After two races, nevertheless, Ricciardo sits behind Norris within the standings after the Briton scored a podium at Imola. However he’s nonetheless brimming with confidence.
When requested, in an interview with Australian publication EFTM, whether or not he may win a title with McLaren, Ricciardo replied: “Yeah… I imply, if it’s a sure or no, then it’s sure. Is it this yr? No.
“However already seeing the primary couple of races and I take a look at even my lap on the weekend [at Imola] and I’m nonetheless fairly assured I’m not getting all the things out of it, and I used to be four-tenths off pole or one thing. So even with that, the crew’s closed the hole a bunch.”
It’s that new period of F1 that Ricciardo stated makes him assured that the Woking crew can win a title within the close to future.
“The rule adjustments are going to vary all the things subsequent yr. However I simply really feel like what the crew’s achieved – and it appears like this yr’s one other step in that route – I don’t know… the construction, stability, everybody’s actually… weapons are a-blazing down right here and it’s actually cool to see and that fills me with numerous confidence to provide you a sure for the query you requested,” he stated.
McLaren head to Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix with 41 points in the bank – simply 12 fewer than Purple Bull. Nevertheless, Ferrari are proper on their tails – simply seven factors behind within the standings.