Daniel Ricciardo has shown off McLaren’s new Formula One car — but the Australian also has his eye on something from his boss’s private collection.
- Daniel Ricciardo says he will look to learn from new teammate Lando Norris, who is 10 years his junior
- Ricciardo spoke while unveiling McLaren’s new car for the 2021 Formula 1 season
- The Australian joined McLaren from Renault last year, signing a three-year contract
The 31-year-old, who joined teammate Lando Norris in pulling the wraps off the orange and blue car in an online launch, has joined from Renault on a three-year contract and as a proven winner.
He stood on the podium twice last year, winning a bet that obliged then-Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul to get a tattoo of his driver’s choice.
The inking has yet to happen, and Abiteboul has since left Renault — which this season has been rebranded to be called Alpine — but Ricciardo’s thoughts have turned already to his new situation and what he might wager with McLaren chief executive Zak Brown.
“Only a couple of hours ago we were having some lunch with Zak and he mentioned something about him hating needles,” the Australian told reporters ahead of the presentation.
“So I can’t see the tattoo thing happening with Zak but we’ll think of something else.
“I know he’s got a pretty good car collection, so maybe we could just bet for one of his cars or something.”
Brown’s collection includes McLaren and Ferrari road cars, as well as Formula One cars raced by champions such as Mario Andretti and Arton Senna.
Ricciardo, winner of seven races with Red Bull, will be the senior driver alongside 21-year-old Norris, who is starting his third season.
“I’m certainly the more experienced in F1, this being my 11th season, but actually in terms of McLaren, Lando is the more experienced,” Ricciardo said.
“For sure there’s some things I can learn from him, particularly within the team itself and integration into the McLaren family.
“Every time you have a new teammate it’s a real opportunity to learn something new, whether it’s work ethic or a driving technique or both.”
Norris suggested he would be doing more of the learning than Ricciardo.
“He knows what he needs to get out of a team, he knows what he wants, he knows how to speak to his engineers and get them to do what he wants,” Norris said.
“His experience of being in Formula One over-rides his lack of experience with McLaren.”