While Ricciardo has one more year left at McLaren, he and the team have agreed to part ways at the end of the season following a disappointing result.
While it is difficult for Ricciardo to show his true potential at McLaren, he has struggled to surpass his racing concept, but the team is well aware that the situation cannot be entirely blamed on him .
In fact, team principal Andreas Seidl stated that the team and the driver needed to share the responsibility as the right solution could not always be found.
“At the end of the day we have to admit that despite all the commitment on the Daniel side, the team side, despite all the hard work we all put in, we didn’t make it work together,” he said.
“It’s obviously not an outcome we didn’t want, but at the same time, it’s important to now turn our attention to the remaining nine games and give me t all again as a team.
“Daniel will do the same and work hard to finish our relationship on high, which is important because we are in a big fight with Alpine racing. We certainly hope to return to P4 in the constructors’ championship. “
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36, out of the garage
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While Ricciardo did show occasional signs of commitment at the age of 18 he worked for the team A few months, especially his victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but he is still slightly behind teammate Lando Norris in terms of speed.
Although the team could have given Ricciardo More time to see what he can do, Seidel said the team did everything in their power to help him.
To get this done, we made a huge commitment, paid A lot of effort,” Seidl added. “The same thing happened on Daniel’s side.
“The most important thing for me is that we always work with our colleagues, but also with the racers. We have an open, honest and transparent dialogue internally, as we have always done. I think that’s what happened there.
“We tried everything we could from both sides. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it work, which is obviously my responsibility as a team in charge. That’s how I see it.”
McLaren CEO Zara Cobron admitted that the team never expected Ricciardo to face such difficulties and lured him away from Renault at the end of the 2020 season.
“I’ll be fair, we’re all surprised it didn’t lead to more results and more Monza-like performances,” he said.
As a seven-time Grand Prix winner, let’s be an eight-time Grand Prix winner with nine races to go.
“Who knows what’s going to happen later this year. Hope he finds his form in the new environment.”