Daniel Ricciardo is already rubbing his experience onto his British teammate, Lando Norris, on the Mclaren simulator. Norris, who gained his knowledge around the track in his initial years courtesy of his bromance with Carlos Sainz.
The Spanish driver who parted ways with the Woking-based team to begin his journey with Ferrari left the seat vacant for Ricciardo. Indeed, the Australian driver is expected to bring his winning mentality to Mclaren for the 2021 season.
Ricciardo is an exceptional talent behind the wheel, showcasing that both in his years at Red Bull where he took 7 wins and Renault where he got 2 podiums during the 2020 season.
Lando Norris has already picked up a few things from the HoneyBadger
Before the Mclaren team went to test their new car, MCL35M that they would put on the grid for the upcoming season of F1. Norris also said that he wouldn’t know which areas he would focus on when his teammate can’t help him.
The 21-year-old said. “I don’t know, this will be our first drive this week, and my opinion on this will begin to form, I aim to observe Daniel well and learn from him and his feedback. But I have already caught something from him in the simulator, especially about where and how he can push me.”
He added. ” I don’t know, I can’t give an answer until the first tests of the first race weekend because everything becomes reality there and people show their true potential.”
Norris concluded, ” I do not have a complete answer yet, but I am sure that it will push me in every field, and I hope I will push him. This is my goal.” (translated via Google.)
Mclaren will be the force they once were
The Woking-based team will use a Mercedes power unit for the upcoming season. The team had finished 3rd in the constructor’s championship in the previous season, with a Mercedes engine powering they would surely fight for the title.
Similarly, the Papaya team would get an experienced driver as Daniel Ricciardo, who knows how to get podiums and give Mclaren a much deserved victory in the F1. The team flies out to Bahrain to conduct pre-season testing, which is from 12-14th March.
The opening racing will be on the same track in Bahrain on the 28th of March. Indeed, fans would be excited to see the Mclaren drivers back on the grid, as they zip around the track fighting for points and podiums.