Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the start of the Formula 1 season in Bahrain on March 28 as he's starting to feel at home at McLaren.
The Australian was no doubt one of the better performers over the course of winter testing, with McLaren maximising their time on track. Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris completed 328 laps over the course of the three days, and the 31-year-old is pleased with how well the team worked to give him a good and reliable car.
"I’m really happy to have got it done reliably with no real issues or concerns, it’s been a really smooth three days," Ricciardo stated via a McLaren press release. I’m really thankful to the team, both here at the track and back at the factory, for putting together a good car for these days at the test.
"They’ve really made me feel at home, so I’m feeling comfortable and I can’t wait to come back here and get on track for the Bahrain Grand Prix.”
Team principal Andreas Seidl echoed Ricciardo's sentiments, stating that the amount of laps completed by the team will serve them well as they prepare for the start of the campaign.
“It’s been a productive pre-season test for us in Bahrain," Seidl added. "The reduced number of days meant it was crucial to maximise our running time and we’re pleased with the amount of work we’ve been able to complete.
"Lando’s feedback gave us a good benchmark on the MCL35M compared to our previous car, while Daniel was able to get more familiar with the car and provide useful data and insight for the engineers."