The McLaren team have undergone a significant transformation over the past couple of seasons in Formula 1. The team's newest driver Daniel Ricciardo believes a large part of the team's recovery is down to their team principal Andrea Siedl.
From finishing a lowly ninth in the 2017 Formula 1 constructor's standings to third in last year's standings, the British team have seen quite the turn in their fortunes. With the addition of Mercedes power and the arrival of Australian Ricciardo, the team is set for another year of progress under their German team principal.
"He (Siedl) is a good operator and I think he has contributed a lot to the team and to the structure," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com among others.
"Even just some of the discipline in the team, I feel like he is definitely a good guy to be around McLaren right now and I am looking forward to working more with Andreas and learning more about him.
"I really like Andreas, so far, so good. German efficiency."
Ricciardo also provided an update on how he is getting on in his new surroundings saying that for the most part, he feels comfortable.
"From a race weekend, dialling in the strategic stuff with the team and going through, let's say, a race simulation, I'm pretty comfortable," Ricciardo explained.
"It's just me getting comfortable within myself and the car. It naturally takes a bit of time but I don't really want to give myself the time."
After topping two out of the three sessions he took part in during the preseason test in Bahrain, Ricciardo must be feeling confident heading into the season. The pace of the McLaren suggests that the team from Woking could well lead F1's midfield battle at least during the early stages of the 2021 Formula 1 season.