Daniel Ricciardo is optimistic he’ll be able to take the Formula 1 World Championship title with McLaren by next year when the new regulations are introduced.
The Australian had left Red Bull in 2018 to join Renault the next year, with the hopes of having a good run with the French squad with a possibility of fighting for victories and, eventually, for the World Title.
Ricciardo had a horrendous start with Renault and struggled in its first year, finishing 9th in the drivers’ standings. His second year with the French squad improved, managing to score 2 podiums and finishing 5th in the standings of what was a shortened season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
And what Renault thought was the start of a long-term partnership with big ambitions for the coming years suddenly vanished, as Ricciardo was announced to be joining McLaren for the 2021 season, with Carlos Sainz moving to Ferrari.
Now, Ricciardo believes he has what is needed to win the World Championship by 2022.
“Obviously, I’ve moved in the last few years. It’s not something I want or plan to continue doing. It is stressful and is a lot of work, so I feel that this team [McLaren] has already laid a very good foundation,” said Ricciardo.
“If I can build on what I have seen that they have and achieve all of my objectives here, then I think I can fight for the World Title. And I hope that’ll be as soon as last year,” he explained.
Ricciardo said he wants to start making achievements for McLaren by this year, admitting one of his objectives is to bring some trophies home to his team’s headquarters.
“I definitely want my name to appear on some of the MTC [McLaren Technology Center] trophies. That is a goal and I also want to look back on this year and know that I’ve made a difference inside this team,” he admitted.
“The team has made something quite impressive, particularly in the last 24 months, and I really want to feel like I’ve contributed to that. I want to lift some trophies myself and maybe say, ‘okay, this team has taken another step forward because of my input, my driving and my determination’,” Ricciardo concluded.