Daniel Ricciardo has admitted McLaren’s “rapid progression” is what prompted him to leave Renault and move to McLaren for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
The Australian had a rough start to his partnership with the French squad in 2019 but improved during the 2020 season, which saw the 31-year-old driver achieve 12 top tens and 2 podiums, finishing fifth in the championship with 119 points.
“I think what I saw in the last couple of years was a rapid progression,” Ricciardo said. “I think a lot of teams have made progress, but it didn’t seem like any at the race McLaren had.
“They’ve gone through a big restructure through 2015, 16, 17, and it felt like it had now been in the right place where they’ve got now some stability and then this rapid progression. So that’s what I see.”
Ricciardo also commented on the ambiance inside McLaren, saying the work ethic is “really good” and that he wants to fit in as soon as possible to be a positive “piece to the puzzle” inside the team.
“I think the work ethic around the team is really good and I’m trying to just embed myself and try to be another positive piece to the puzzle,” he concluded.