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Ricciardo 'not remotely' thinking about another team in F1 future

Daniel Ricciardo might have had some ups and downs during his debut season with McLaren, but the Australian has explained why this has not led him to consider driving for another Formula 1 team.

Daniel Ricciardo says that he is "not remotely thinking about" driving for any F1 team other than McLaren, despite the struggles he faced in his debut season with them. The Australian joined the Woking-based squad for the 2021 campaign following two years with Renault, and for the most part was outperformed by new teammate Lando Norris. However, Ricciardo is very comfortable in the McLaren environment and is keen to "make this project work". When asked if he sees himself at the team for the rest of his F1 career, or if he would prefer to simply be in the best car regardless of where this was, Ricciardo told Auto Motor und Sport : "It's always like that. Don't get me wrong, I think that's part of the challenge in Formula 1 and as a driver. "You don't just strive to be fast, you strive to be in the best car. But I am not in the hunt here. I've been around a bit over the last three or four years, of course. "Because I like the environment at McLaren so much and I enjoy it so much, I really want to make this project work. I want to be here. The trappings fit as well. "I like the brand, I like the road cars. I can say that I really like being part of this company, part of the McLaren family."

Excited about the future after Monza win

Ricciardo remains excited about what he can achieve with McLaren, particularly in light of his victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. "The reason why I'm not remotely thinking about another team or beyond my future is that I actually won in maybe the hardest year of my career," he explained. "So my thought is: if I win in a year like that, what does that say about the journey ahead? I am definitely excited and I want to be here, possibly until the end of my career." Ricciardo finished the 2021 season in eighth place in the World Championship standings, whilst McLaren lost out to Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship battle for P3.

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