McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is confident his results will improve after a rather difficult start to the 2022 Formula 1 season.
The Australian driver is being constantly outperformed by his younger teammate Lando Norris, and in his last race in Monaco he achieved only 13th place after crashing out of practice on Friday.
Speaking about his performance to the media, Ricciardo acknowledged he can do better and is confident his results will improve.
“Certainly it has its challenges, but I think, stripping it back to the core, I still know what I can do, I still believe I have it and it’s not place of low confidence or low self-esteem or anything where I’m like ‘oh, I don’t think it’s possible’,” said Ricciardo. “I know I can still do it.
“I think in this sport, everything operates at such a high level, if something’s a little bit out of tune, then it can have a bit of a carry-on effect. So it’s really just for me to get back into that place where I’m fully in tune with the car and then it’ll come.”
Ricciardo is signed with McLaren until the 2023 season. When asked if he felt complacent as he’s got the security of staying in Formula 1 for another full season, he said “absolutely not, no.”
“There is a level of… signing early in the season gives you for sure some comfort, but that comfort shouldn’t be misconstrued with complacency. Absolutely not.
“It’s as simple as this: My results, I want them to be better, I know they can be better. And I want to enjoy that success with the team. I’m not going to just sit back in 13th and be complacent or happy about that. Not at all.”