Bahrain GP: Daniel Ricciardo looking more optimistic and confident with McLaren than Renault

Daniel Ricciardo earns his first points with Team McLaren in the Bahrain GP

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren had a brilliant pre-testing season coming into the Bahrain GP and they certainly carried their form into the race weekend. Both drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo seemed very impressive and made McLaren the third fastest team on the grid. Norris came just outside the Top 3 while Ricciardo managed to score his first points by seeing the checkered flag in P7. 

Overall, to sum it up it seemed to be a great start for the British team and especially for Australian Driver Daniel Ricciardo. One would suggest, he finished a long way from his teammate. But unfortunately, he was lacking the desired pace to fight for a Top-5 finish and hence had to settle for a much lower position. Meanwhile, Norris managed to hit the peak from the word go. 

Daniel Ricciardo backs first points as McLaren driver in Bahrain GP 

During the post-race interview, the Australian opened up that he is feeling much more comfortable in McLaren than he did with Renault following his switch from Red Bull in 2019. 

I’m certainly…I would say very happy that I got the race under my belt today and did all the laps. I made, let’s say, countless notes throughout the race to feedback to the teams,” he said. 

It’s important, you know, in racing conditions as well. And I think Friday was a great day for me to experiment with the setup and still know what I’m after with this car. 

I still don’t know what’s gonna work for me. But I think we’re not far off. I certainly feel more comfortable after race one than I did a couple of years ago after the switch I made from Red Bull to Renault.”

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