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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo reveals what puts McLaren one step above the rest

The Australian has explained how the team’s communication puts them a step ahead of other Formula 1 teams.

Daniel Ricciardo believes that McLaren’s debriefs have been key to their recent success in F1 and is one reason why they have become the third best team on the grid.

McLaren went through a difficult spell in the early years of the turbo-hybrid era but have been on the up which resulted in third place in the Constructors' Championship in 2020 which has continued into the current 2021 season.

“At McLaren, I was impressed from the very first minute by the care with which they work," told Auto Motor Und Sport. "There are more conversations, more briefings. They really tick off everything that needs to be ticked off.

"That's not to say that the other teams don't do the same, but at McLaren it's all one step higher. Perhaps because they have made such good progress in recent years and they no longer want to jeopardise this positive trend.

"I get an answer to every question. Mostly immediately, but definitely a few days later. Every problem is investigated down to the last detail."

On the track, Ricciardo has had a disappointing campaign as he's struggled to adapt his driving style to the car. He's been regularly off the pace compared to Norris and thinks getting to grip with the tyres has been as big of an issue as the car.

"Pirelli changed the construction of the front tyres and a few other things, and immediately everything felt very different," said Ricciardo. "At first I thought it had to do with the different aerodynamics of the cars.

"But Lando himself says that the McLaren is harder to drive this year than last year. The funny thing about the tyres is that in some laps it works quite well, you have maximum grip and drive good lap times and sometimes you don't even know why.

"Then suddenly it doesn't work at all, even though you didn't do anything else. That can be quite frustrating."

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