Daniel Ricciardo explained his decision to replace the Renault team, with which he achieved two podiums last season, with McLaren, with whom he signed a new three-year contract on the eve of 2021. Ricciardo left Red Bull at the end of 2018 after five years, although he achieved seven victories, and in Renault, he managed to finish on the podium at the Nurburgring and Imola in the second season.
Despite Renault's progress and approach to the leading teams, Ricciardo decided to move to McLaren after Sainz's departure to Ferrari, which will again have a driver who has several victories in Formula 1 thanks to Ricciardo.
Ricciardo says he believes McLaren has more potential than Renault, which they beat in the constructors ’standings in 2019 and 2020, especially when the new rules take effect in 2022. "You don't have a crystal ball," Ricciardo said.
"But I left Red Bull and Renault because I thought it was right." Ricciardo is aware that he took a risk and does not know if that decision will prove to be a good one.
Ricciardo believes he made a right decision
But he believes that Renault has good potential, that a good team is behind it, and that they can achieve many successes.
He seems to believe in himself and his team, and he could show this season that he has made a good decision "You don't know 100% how it will turn out. But I have the impression that McLaren has taken the right steps, especially in the last few years, to lay a good foundation.
Especially because of the arrival of new rules. ” "The new rules could pretty much change the order, and based on what I know and what I've seen so far, I'm excited to be on that trip with McLaren."
He is pleased with the situation at McLaren and the way everything works in their team. It seems that at McLaren they did their best to achieve cohesion in the team and to achieve the best possible results. With Ricciardo, they will have a great chance to do that, especially if we consider the new rules that will increase competition.
"The team's leadership has done everything to steer the team on the right path." "I think they did everything necessary to play a significant role in the championship." In addition to bringing Ricciard for 2021, McLaren also secured Mercedes engines, a year before the engine development froze.