McLaren “satisfied” Ricciardo can get again to his greatest · RaceFans

McLaren crew principal Andreas Seidl says he nonetheless has perception in Daniel Ricciardo’s skills, regardless of the crew’s resolution to chop his contract brief on the finish of this yr.

Ricciardo has received eight Formulation 1 races over the course of his profession, the newest with McLaren at Monza final yr. However his future is unsure after the crew lower brief his three-year deal leaving him and not using a drive for 2023 and few vacancies obtainable.

McLaren signed Lando Norris to a long-term contract earlier this yr and employed rookie Oscar Piastri and Ricciardo’s substitute. However Seidl’s expertise tells him Ricciardo may regain his type at a special crew.

“I’m completely satisfied that’s potential as a result of I’ve seen that previously myself,” he mentioned. “I skilled it with different drivers and we have now seen that previously with different drivers.”

Ricciardo’s Monza win was the only spotlight of his time at McLaren. With six races left this yr he has lower than 1 / 4 of crew mate Norris’s factors complete. Seidl mentioned the crew needed to acknowledge it hadn’t been in a position to get the very best out of the driving force they employed initially of final yr.

“Ultimately, we have now to simply accept on either side that regardless of all the trouble we have now put in, the dedication, regardless of all we have now tried on our aspect, regardless of all the pieces he has tried on his aspect, we didn’t handle to do it collectively. And ultimately, that may be a shared duty between Daniel and us. As I mentioned, I totally take my duty on this as effectively.

“However that doesn’t change the respect I’ve and all of us have for Daniel as an individual, but in addition as a as a racing driver. And you need to settle for typically it simply doesn’t work out. Sadly, that occurred between us and Daniel. I hope that at his subsequent journey that he’s beginning, that he makes it click on once more and it really works.”

With few choices obtainable to him, Ricciardo has indicated he might not race in F1 subsequent yr. If he does return, Seidl believes he may discover a automotive which fits him at a special crew.

“Formulation 1 is complicated,” he mentioned. “There’s so many issues concerned in an effort to carry out on-track, on the driving force’s aspect, on the crew’s aspect, on the automotive aspect.

“In case you are not totally one with the automotive – and Daniel has said a number of instances that he by no means felt totally comfy with our automotive, that it’s by no means felt totally pure for him to extract the utmost efficiency, particularly in qualifying – that sadly ended up within the state of affairs we ended up.

“We didn’t handle to realize the outcomes collectively general that we wished to realize. Though we couldn’t repeat race weekends like in Monza – clearly saying as effectively that we additionally by no means had the automotive to do a repeat of Monza to truly go for a win [this year] – however let’s say [also] when it comes to the consistency of the outcomes in comparison with Lando as effectively.”

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