Zak Brown reported earlier this week that the partnership with Daniel Ricciardo has not yet lived up to expectations as the Australian has struggled the most with the MCL36. “Obviously we want Daniel to get a lot closer to Lando and give the team a good internal fight,” Brown said. “Daniel just doesn’t feel completely comfortable in the car yet, we’re doing everything we can. It was another disappointing weekend. Aside from his win at Monza and a few other races, he hasn’t lived up to his expectations and ours in general.”
Brown’s comments have been interpreted by some as Ricciardo’s future with the team will be in jeopardy unless he makes rapid progress. In Monaco, the McLaren driver was asked what his boss had said. Ricciardo accepts the criticism, adding that he is just as focused as the team. “It’s not that it’s not right, it’s absolutely true,” said Ricciardo. “I don’t take comments like that personally. My skin is tanned, beautiful and plump. Nobody is harder on me than myself. I don’t want to finish P10 or P12. Sometimes it was more of a test to improve myself.” getting in the car myself and making the most of it. The team wants it and I want it. We’re working on it.”
Ricciardo is currently on a three-year deal that runs until the end of 2023 but caused controversy when he said shortly after the race in Spain that talks about his future would start in the summer. Motorsport.com Ricciardo asked if he could confirm he was about to end his contract. “Yes, that’s for sure,” he continued. “I have a contract until the end of 2023. COVID confused me with the dates.”
Problems at the Spanish Grand Prix
The McLaren driver had a disappointing Spanish Grand Prix and fell outside the points. He said McLaren discovered some problems in the car after the race which contributed to his disappointing result. The team didn’t provide any details but reported that Monaco’s issues have been resolved and there are no further issues.
“It’s been fixed and this weekend everything will be back together,” said Ricciardo. “Let me put it this way: It’s like a fresh start.” While his MCL36 was to be improved, Ricciardo was open to familiarizing himself with the car. “I think it didn’t go our way on a couple of occasions and some sessions were cut off because of that. It’s a combination of several things. But apart from that, I still find it difficult to set good times with the car.” “There have been races where things have gone well, but I’m still working on that. I want to be half a second faster per race, that’s what I’m working on now. It is and will remain a process.”