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Ricciardo: I guess I'm looking forward to experiencing something new again

2021 will mark the first time Daniel Ricciardo will drive a car not powered by a Renault engine in the turbo-hybrid era. The Australian is looking forward to the new challenge.

Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to the challenge of experiencing a new power-unit in Formula 1 for the first time since 2014. Daniel Ricciardo has driven a Renault-powered car for the majority of his Formula 1 career. The Australian will finally get to experience what a Mercedes engine is like when he makes his debut for McLaren later this year. "I drove with a Renault in the back of my race car since this hybrid era, so I'm looking forward to experiencing something new again," said Ricciardo to RacingNews365.com among others. "I think until I get on track, it's hard to really know, but obviously, they've (Mercedes) had a lot of success. So I am anticipating something capable, of course." The amiable Australian also shared that he believes his relationship with new teammate Lando Norris will strike the right balance between being competitive and synergistic. "I think off track for sure, we'll always be seen to be having a good time. But I do believe that the competition on track will be will be good, it will be fierce and more importantly, I think driving the team forward." The McLaren team have finally found some momentum after spending a few years quagmired at the back of the Formula 1 grid. The team made a costly error in forgoing their Mercedes power-units at the end of 2014 and the British manufacturer will be hoping their reunion with the German powerhouse, ahead of the coming F1 season, will yield similar results to that of their first stint as partners.

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