Daniel Ricciardo: McLaren CEO Zak Brown says driver doesn’t meet team expectations


Daniel Ricciardo has been consistently outclassed by McLaren teammate Lando Norris since joining the team at the start of the 2021 season; Watch the Monaco GP, F1’s most famous event, live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying on Saturday at 3pm and the race on Sunday at 2pm

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown suggests Daniel Ricciardo is not yet comfortable with the car while Lando Norris is one of the best drivers in the world right now.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown suggests Daniel Ricciardo is not yet comfortable with the car while Lando Norris is one of the best drivers in the world right now.

McLaren boss Zak Brown has admitted Daniel Ricciardo’s performance has fallen short of team expectations, with the Australian continuing to be trailed by team-mate Lando Norris.

Ricciardo joined McLaren at the start of the 2021 season after the team with high expectations lured him away from Renault, with whom he spent just two campaigns after leaving Red Bull.

After recording seven race wins during his time with Red Bull, Ricciardo appeared to make the most of a rarely competitive Renault, sealing two podiums in an improved second season with the French outfit.

However, since joining McLaren he has been consistently outplayed by young team-mate Norris, despite Ricciardo securing the team’s first victory since 2012 at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

“Lando definitely has an advantage,” McLaren chief executive Brown told Sky Sports. Every Monday Driven. “Obviously we would like to see Daniel much closer to Lando and have a good inter-squad battle.

Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo to move up to seventh in the Spanish GP

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Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo to move up to seventh in the Spanish GP

Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo to move up to seventh in the Spanish GP

“Daniel is not comfortable with the car yet, we are trying everything we can. Again, it was a disappointing weekend.

” Short of [Ricciardo’s win at] Monza and a few races, it generally didn’t live up to his expectations or our expectations, in terms of what we expected.

“And I think all you can do is keep working hard as a team, keep communication going, keep pushing and hope that whatever isn’t clicking right now clicks soon.”

After battling illness to finish eighth in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, Norris arrives at the Monaco GP this weekend seventh in the world championship, 28 points clear of Ricciardo, who sits 12th. square.

Best of the Spanish Grand Prix action

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Best of the Spanish Grand Prix action

Best of the Spanish Grand Prix action

Brown compared the gap between his drivers to those of the two leading teams in the world championship, Ferrari and Red Bull.

“I think it also shows how good Lando is,” Brown added.

“When we look at the gap between Charles [Leclerc] and Carlos [Sainz]the gap between Max [Verstappen] and Sergio [Perez]there are gaps between teammates.

“And I think Lando is one of the best drivers in the world right now and that’s also kind of a compliment to the quality of Lando when you see the gap there is.”




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