McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo hasn't had the best start to the 2022 Formula 1 season and is currently down in 13th place with just 15 points to his name, but he has seemed more at ease in the past few races as he walks the paddock with his trademark smile.
His demeanour and poor performances early in the season caused a lot of speculation in the F1 world, with rumours that he could be pushed out of the Woking-based squad earlier than expected, even though he has a contract through until the end of 2023.
However, now he is a lot more settled, and he claims that even though he has had a few chats with team bosses, it is not because they needed to give him a "kick up the ass" to make him perform better.
McLaren bosses just trying to help Ricciardo
"We certainly have had some chats," Ricciardo explained to RacingNews365.com.
"I mean, that sounds too formal. We spend some time together, but really it's not a once-a-year thing, we're doing that once every couple of months.
"It's also not like I needed a kick up the ass. I know where my results are and I know what's good and what isn't.
"It's really them just trying to again to see if there's anything they could do to help."
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Ricciardo's home race in Melbourne, Australia, marked his best result so far, when he finished sixth, but other than that he has only scored points on two other occasions, in Imola and Baku.
However, he has felt that things with the car have improved since the Monaco GP and they are showing more of their potential.
He continued: "I feel like we did have a little breakthrough after Monaco, with the factory on the sim [where] we tried a few things.
"I think even though our result today wasn't good, the last couple of weekends have certainly been better and shown more promise."
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