Daniel Ricciardo thinks that squad officials did not have to “kick him up the ass” since he is now more comfortable and bringing in better results at McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren hasn’t had the ideal beginnin with the 2022 Formula One season, sitting in 13th position with only 15 points, but he’s seemed much more at comfort in recent circuits as he wanders the paddock with his signature smile.
His attitude and dismal early-season results sparked a lot of conjecture in the F1 world, with speculations that he could be forced out of the Woking-based team sooner than planned, despite entering into an agreement that runs until the end of 2023.
He argues that despite having a few conversations with team management, and it wasn’t because they wanted to give him a “kick up the ass” to get him to do well.
McLaren bosses are only trying to assist Ricciardo
“We certainly have had some chats,” Ricciardo explained to RacingNews365.com.
“I mean, that sounds too formal. We spend some time together, but really it’s not a once-a-year thing, we’re doing that once every couple of months.
“It’s also not like I needed a kick up the ass. I know where my results are and I know what’s good and what isn’t.
“It’s really them just trying to again to see if there’s anything they could do to help.”
Ricciardo: Things are actually improving
Ricciardo’s greatest performance so far came in his home race in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed sixth, although he has only scored points twice, in Imola and Baku.
However, he believes the car has progressed since the Monaco Grand Prix and is now demonstrating more of its prospects.
He continued: “I feel like we did have a little breakthrough after Monaco, with the factory on the sim [where] we tried a few things.
“I think even though our result today wasn’t good, the last couple of weekends have certainly been better and shown more promise.”
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