McLaren has “tried everything” with Ricciardo, says Brown, admitting the mistakes with the Australian that led to the F1 drivers being sacked. McLaren CEO Zak Brown turned a little more details about the circumstances that led to the British team parting with Daniel Ricciardo at the end of this 2022 season after two years of collaboration.
At the end of the 2022 campaign, Daniel Ricciardo will leave the McLaren team and will be replaced next year by his compatriot Oscar Piastri. Ricciardo paid dearly for his lack of performance during his time at Woking, although the McLaren driver managed to score a win last year at the Italian Grand Prix, helped by the fact that the two title contenders eliminated each other by retiring after contact.
Apart from this victory at Monza in 2021, Daniel Ricciardo clearly did not live up to McLaren’s expectations and it is for this reason alone that the team decided to part with the Australian at the end of this 2022 campaign, a year before the expiry of his contract. .
Zak Brown returned in detail to the reasons for the failure of this partnership, with the American saying that more than anything he hated the situation in which the two sides faced each other in recent months.
“In the end, we didn’t get the results we needed, and a year and a half have passed. We’ve all put in a lot of effort, we love Daniel, he’s great to work with and it continues to be great,” Brown explained to Kayo Sports.
“But we’re in on the results and the results didn’t come and we felt like we tried everything,
“We don’t really know why it didn’t click, and it’s kind of nobody’s fault. We did our best, he did his best, and we were still missing things to try.”
The McLaren CEO also added that he admitted the 2022 single-seater was probably not as quick as hoped, but that “Sometimes athletes have crises and need to change their environment.”
Asked if he was disappointed not to see Ricciardo thrive at McLaren during those two years, the American said: “I hated it.”
“I tried to get Daniel before he went to Renault, so there were many years of preparation. I’m a big Daniel fan, I’m still a big Daniel fan and that will never change.”
“I asked him if he wanted to drive for us in Indycar or Formula E… I want to keep Daniel in the family, but he is still very focused on Formula 1, which I understand is the pinnacle of motorsport.”
“That is probably the most difficult [to do] in my time in motorsport it is neither fun nor fun. But my job with Andreas [Seidl, team principal] is making hard decisions and because we didn’t see any progress we said ‘I think we need to make a change for the benefit of both [Ricciardo and the team],’ put him in a position where he can be competitive in a Formula 1 car again, regardless of where he ends up driving. But it was a huge disappointment.”
So far, Daniel Ricciard has not yet revealed his plans for the future, although the Australian has made it clear that he wants to stay in Formula 1 more than anything else, even though there are officially only two available places: at Haas and Williams.
Ricciardo explains why he was beaten
“If I have to give you a short answer, I’ll boil it down to two things,” Ricciardo said during an interview with Run.
“First of all, I will never take credit from him – the child is good. That cannot be denied. And if I say he isn’t, I’m just a bitter, sore loser.
“The kid is doing well. It’s obviously one element – he can manage.
“The other thing is, ignorance is bliss. And I’m not saying he has no knowledge of race cars, not at all. I think he’s actually in tune with what he’s doing from a technical standpoint.
“But it’s the only F1 car he’s driven. Obviously there’s been variations of McLaren. But he hasn’t driven for another team. So in a way I’m sure he’s got used to it to some of the elements in this car.
“There’s probably a bit of it where I’ve obviously got some – I hate this word, but I just have to use it for lack of better words right now – expectation of maybe what a Formula 1 car can or should do or where some potential lies.
“He does that now because he looks on board and he sees what other drivers can do – ‘yeah, I wish we could do that, the rear doesn’t do what I want it to do’.
“But at the end of the day, he hasn’t been behind the wheel of another car. So obviously he’s good. And there’s an element of ‘ignorance is bliss’.”