Having made his F1 debut midway through the 2011 season, Danial Ricciardo is about to embark on his tenth full season in the sport. The amiable Australian looks back on his Formula 1 career saying his desire to compete has been magnified.
Having raced for the likes of the now defunct HRT, Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), Red Bull, Renault and finally McLaren, Ricciardo has so far failed to achieve his dream of winning a world championship. Despite claiming seven Grand Prix wins, the now 31-year-old is as hungry as ever.
"One thing I'll say is the desire to compete is probably only got stronger, maybe that's still because I haven't achieved what I'm after," Ricciardo told the official F1 website.
"I just want to get Sunday done and get out there, that desire, if anything is increased and intensified."
The affable Australian also described what his personal journey thorugh the sport has been like, citing how much he has evovled as an individual and as a racing driver.
"It's hard to quantify how much has changed," Ricciardo said.
"I think everyone's gonna change over decades, no matter what they're doing. Within this environment, I certainly feel a lot more comfortable, than I did 10 years ago.
"I was certainly a bit overwhelmed when I got here (F1), it was a dream. So when I finally got here, I was like, 'Oh, wow, like this is really happening, obviously now.'
"I've done it long enough and obviously got that confidence and belief that I that I belong here. And I'm not just a kid who's still dreaming. But yeah, I obviously made a lot of good friends and relationships along the way."
Ricciardo will be hoping his switch to McLaren yeilds success. The Austrlian is currently in his prime with respect to his age and the man from Perth will be aiming to maximize this facet over the next two seasons.