McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful that his improved showing at Silverstone is the beginning of his season properly, after struggling for pace and form throughout most of the 2021 season so far.
Ricciardo lines up in sixth place for the British Grand Prix, just a position behind teammate Lando Norris after both McLaren drivers put in strong drives during the Sprint Qualifying race on Saturday. Ricciardo started the race from seventh, moving up to sixth after Red Bull's Sergio Perez spun off.
"I'd love for this to be the start of it all, if you know what I mean," Ricciardo told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.
"But I think that the truth like for me to confidently say that, I think I need to put together a kind of string of weekends like this. But I definitely felt good yesterday. And I guess today was decent but let's see.
"Budapest [next round] is a completely different circuit, a lot more higher downforce, more braking, a bit more twisty and technical. So if I can put it together there, then I'll probably answer that question more confidently. And let the world know that I'm back, baby...Whoo, let's go!"
McLaren Racing Director Andreas Seidl, who recently spoke about the team's disappointment that Ricciardo has struggled so much to find form with the MCL35M, said he was thrilled to see the Australian start to find his feet.
"I was obviously very happy for Daniel, for the team, especially for the team that is around him on the engineering side, the mechanic side that he had a strong Friday and a strong qualifying after some difficult qualifying sessions," Seidl said.
"We all know Daniel as a guy who is full of energy and positivity, and obviously it was very challenging for him in the last weeks. And therefore I was very happy that he could score P7 yesterday, actually could pull it off in every single qualifying session yesterday.
"At the same time, it was good to see that he was still not happy. And he was grumpy because he wanted more. And that's something I liked, because it gave me a good feeling going into today, knowing that he's not happy with what he has achieved yesterday with the team, but he wanted more, which is which was good to see. "
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