Ricciardo has ‘clarity moving forward’ after Brown talks

Henry Valantine
Daniel Ricciardo in the pre-race press conference. Baku June 2022.

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo smiles while being interviewed before practice. Baku June 2022.

Daniel Ricciardo said he and McLaren CEO Zak Brown recently had a “catch-up” between race weekends, adding that the “clarity is there for us moving forward” into the future.

Ricciardo said he remains completely committed to the cause at McLaren and wants to turn his fortunes around, after a disappointing start to the season in which he currently has 11 points, compared to 48 for team-mate Lando Norris heading into the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Australian has spent time at the McLaren factory leading into the Baku weekend, working on the team’s simulator and working with factory staff to try and improve his feeling within the MCL36.

The 32-year-old acknowledged that he needs to prove himself with his future performances, but added that he still has the full backing of the team after chatting to his team boss.

“We’ve spoken, we’ve had a catch-up, but nothing needed to be elaborated on,” Ricciardo said, quoted by GPFans.

“The clarity is there for us moving forward, my contract is clear with the team for next year, I’m fully committed, I’ve certainly voiced that.

“Obviously now, it’s [about performing] on track, and showing these moments, these races I know I’m capable of, and I do truly believe I have the full support of the team, and we want to do it together.”

Brown went public about his and Ricciardo’s concerns surrounding the majority of his performances since moving to McLaren last season, which left 2009 World Champion Jenson Button “surprised” that Ricciardo was not being fully supported publicly.

But Ricciardo himself did not feel shocked about it, as he knows where he stands with the team and does not intend to get bogged down in worrying about his future.

“I wasn’t surprised,” he stated. “I’ve maybe become a little immune to the media, with being in the sport for so long. We do more and more as we go through the years.

“I don’t really take it for its full value or worth, and some things are taken out of context, so I’m not really one to go into it, read too much and try and understand it.

“At the end of the day, I know the facts between us and what I have with the team. Simply, I don’t get caught up.

“So I guess I’m not surprised with anything these days.”