Zak Brown has stated he “simply gave an trustworthy reply” after showing to criticise his personal driver Daniel Ricciardo final month.
Life at McLaren has not been clean crusing for Ricciardo. Whereas his time there was punctuated by durations of success, akin to final yr’s win in Monza, the general story has been certainly one of disappointment.
With a contract set to run till the tip of subsequent yr, rumours about his impending exit had been doubtless exaggerated however they weren’t helped by McLaren CEO Brown, who not like the remainder of the staff rallied across the Australian, admitted Ricciardo had “not met our expectations.”
The feedback, which had been a shock to many, appeared to not have overly affected Ricciardo who stated his pores and skin was “tanned, lovely and likewise thick” earlier than confirming the 2 had cleared the air.
Because the Brown admission, Ricciardo’s kind has picked up with an eighth place in Baku and a P11 final day trip in Canada. Now Brown has stated he “simply gave an trustworthy reply” when the query of Ricciardo was put to him.
“They requested the query and I simply gave an trustworthy reply,” Brown stated, as reported by Fox. “I believe Daniel has stated the identical factor. We’re right here to attempt to get in direction of the entrance.”
“We’ve received a terrific relationship, and I simply gave an trustworthy reply to a query of how issues are going, and issues could possibly be going higher.
“Daniel has proven, like he did in Monza final yr, once we give him a automobile that fits his driving type and has tempo that he’s going to exit and lead laps and win a race.
“I believe we have to have a automobile that’s somewhat bit extra performant and person pleasant, and he’ll get the job accomplished.”
Staff boss Andreas Seidl apologised on the weekend for the package deal given to each Ricciardo and Lando Norris and Brown additionally stated he didn’t assume the staff was giving their drivers a automobile to indicate their finest.
“We’ve had some superior weekends like Monza [in 2021], after which some disappointing weekends, and coming again to our automobile, I don’t assume we’re giving our drivers a automobile that’s able to being on the entrance regularly.
“We’re going to work exhausting and guarantee that they do sooner or later.”
McLaren as a staff are P4 within the Constructors’ Championship whereas Ricciardo is P8 and Norris is P6.