Daniel Ricciardo: “Alonso and Sainz will be our rivals”

The dispute for third place in the constructors’ championship seems hotly contested and Daniel Ricciardo expects Alpine and Ferrari to be tough opponents for McLaren, which defends that position.

Every year the world title dispute It seems like the most interesting thing, but in recent years in which Mercedes has dominated so easily, the fight for the leadership of the middle group has allowed us to enjoy racing from another perspective.

And, after such a disastrous 2020 for Ferrari, even more so, since leading such a competitive group meant winning the third-place prize in the constructors’ championship. Award that McLaren won after a tough fight against Racing Point, Renault, AlphaTauri and Ferrari itself.

“I find it exciting that Alonso is back in Formula 1”

Heading into 2021, the fight is expected to be more intense, with Racing Point turning into Aston Martin and Renault into Alpine, in addition to the expected recovery of Ferrari. Are they, therefore, Fernando Alonso Y Carlos Sainz McLaren rivals?

“Mercedes is in front and the rest of us try to get closer”, Daniel Ricciardo begins by saying. “Whether Ferrari or another team, it will be intense. They have Carlos (Sainz), who was at McLaren. But any team can have podium options again. I hope that my motivation and experience will play an important role.

“Carlos and Fernando will be rivals”says the Australian. «I know Renault well and I also expect so from Carlos at Ferrari. At the same time, I find it exciting that Fernando is back in Formula 1.

The future of McLaren

But whether McLaren manages to keep these teams at bay will depend on themselves, as they have the necessary resources to return to the top. Yes indeed, Daniel Ricciardo no hurry.

“I have nothing to hide, it’s three seasons,” he says, referring to his contract. Long enough for this to work. When I spoke to McLaren in 2018, Andreas (Seidl) and James Key were not there yet. They were still trying to rebuild its structure and they have already succeeded. I am a piece of the puzzle. It seems like the right place.

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Ricciardo’s relationship with Norris will be another key to boost McLaren, as happened previously with Carlos Sainz. “I have more experience in F1, but Lando has more experience than I in McLaren. There are things I can learn from him regarding integration into the McLaren family. Whenever you have a partner, there is something to learn, whether it’s work ethic or technique.

“I am confident in my abilities, but I am also open and if I see something from Lando that I can use to improve, I will,” reflects Ricciardo. «Lando and I have a similar approach, we both love our work and are not afraid to show it. The combination is good, but the competition on the track will be tough, fought »

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Is McLaren really the winning bet for the future? «Leaving Red Bull or Renault was what I thought was right at all timesYou never know for sure what will happen, ”admits the Australian.

“Coming to McLaren, faced with the rule change, is also correct. The next era of Formula 1 may upset the order of the grid and from what I know, so far, I’m excited to be at McLaren. Andreas is heading this ship in the right direction. I already worked with James Key at Toro Rosso in 2013 and I’m happy to do it again. They are expanding, they do what it takes to fight for titles. Let’s go for it », he concludes.