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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo explains why now is an 'important time' to work with Norris

McLaren had a strong showing at the first pre-season test in Barcelona, and Daniel Ricciardo admits that team work will be key ahead of the 2022 campaign getting underway.

Ricciardo Norris
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Daniel Ricciardo believes that the current moment of the pre-season is a particularly valuable time to work closely with teammate Lando Norris.

McLaren seemed to have a productive few days at the Barcelona test, with Norris topping the timesheets on the opening day, though the Briton later made a point of calming expectations over what the team can achieve in 2022.

As well as the car displaying promise, team boss Andreas Seidl recently spoke of how maintaining the driver line-up of Ricciardo and Norris could be a huge asset for the Woking-based squad.

Ricciardo stressed that working as a team is important, especially in the pre-season, and as such the Australian has tried to offer as much feedback as possible during testing.

"Too much information" not possible in pre-season

When asked about the type of feedback he was giving to the team at the Barcelona test, Ricciardo told media including RacingNews365.com: "As much as I can!

"[At] this point of the year, you really just give them everything, because we have time on our side.

"I think if it's a race weekend, you try to be a little bit more concise and to the point, but now, really everything I feel, I try to just tell them. I don't think at this point there can be too much information."

Ricciardo has also made a point of communicating with Norris so that they can be on the same page in terms of pushing the team forward.

"[I] try to give them [the team] everything, and then also talk with Lando," the eight-time race winner said.

"I think this is an important time of year to work with your teammate, and really try to get each other kind of on the same wavelength, to then push the team in the right direction."

Ricciardo, Norris and McLaren will be in action again at the second pre-season test in Bahrain on 10-12 March.

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