McLaren CEO Zak Brown revealed Daniel Ricciardo is not yet fully aware of the handling of his MCL36, despite making progress in his second season with Woking.
Ricciardo’s debut season at Papaya was disappointing as he struggled to get a grip on McLaren’s 2021 MCL35M. formula 1 single seater.
The 2022 season was not ideal for the Australian and he missed the second season test in Bahrain before Covid and started his campaign ill-prepared, not to mention the shortcomings the team’s 2022 car showed.
Requested during F1 Nation’s podcast whether there was any progress for Ricciardo Zak Brown said: “Yes, I think so. His racing days were very strong, much better in qualifying.
“Listening to him with the team earlier this week, I think he still doesn’t feel like he’s a 10 out of 10, but he has a great relationship with Lando, he knows the team well,” added Brown. ready.
“It was great that he could go back to Australia for the first time in a few years to recharge the batteries and see the family, so we’re really happy to see Daniel at the top of his game,” said the American .
McLaren plans long term
Ricciardo’s contract with the team runs until the end of 2023, and Brown revealed that the team will weigh up their options, evaluating Pato O’ward, Arrow McLaren SP driver in IndyCar, as well as American Colton Herta.
McLaren also has a deal with 14-year-old junior driver Ugo Ugochukwu who is currently racing with Carlin in British F4.
“Probably later this year,” Brown replied when asked when talks about Ricciardo’s future with the team would begin.
“We’ve got another year together, we like to think long ahead, that’s why we’re testing some with Pato, we’re going to do some testing with Colton, we have Ugo in Formula 4, who put him on pole in his first race.
“So I don’t think you can ever plan too early, but there’s no rush,” Brown insisted.