Ricciardo won’t have No.1 status at McLaren

Michelle Foster
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Despite arriving at McLaren as a race winner, Daniel Ricciardo will not have number 1 status as Andreas Seidl doesn’t believe it is “beneficial” to the team.

Ricciardo has joined Lando Norris at McLaren, saying goodbye to Renault in favour of signing a three-year deal with McLaren.

The Aussie and his new team-mate are in very different stages of their careers with Ricciardo entering his 10th full season in the sport while 2021 will be Norris’ third year on the grid.

But while Ricciardo brings with him experience that includes 188 race starts and seven grands prix wins, team boss Seidl says he and Norris will have equal status as he does not want to create unnecessary tension.

“As long as I am team boss, there will be no defined number 1,” he told the German broadcaster ntv.

“That is not necessary or beneficial for the dynamic in the team.”

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The new team-mates were in action at the Silverstone circuit on Tuesday, putting McLaren’s MCL35M through its paces during a filming day.

Although limited to 100km on the day between the two drivers, new signing Ricciardo feels it was an important outing as he adjusts to life at McLaren.

The 31-year-old hopes the more laps he covers before the first race in Bahrain, the less chance there will be for “panic” on the grid.

“Everything ran really smoothly; we completed what we had to so really that’s all you can ask for,” he told Racer, “and I know the more laps I turn the more confidence and comfort I’ll feel with this team.

“Every little bit helps. Getting up to speed with the team, going through all the procedures.

“Really, the target is to get to Bahrain on Sunday afternoon, be on the grid and for there to be no inch of panic.

“It’s really just about feeling comfortable and familiar with all the crew.

“So we’re going through that – we’re trying to go through scenarios that we would face on a race weekend and yes, we don’t have the atmosphere around us now but we can certainly try to replicate it and put a little bit of pressure on ourselves.”

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