Ricciardo jumped ship from Renault to McLaren throughout the low season, hoping to do higher than the 2 podiums he achieved in two years with the Enstone staff.
After not having the ability to end within the high three in his first season with Renault, Ricciardo received staff boss Cyril Abiteboul to agree on getting a tattoo on his ankle after Ricciardo’s first podium, a wager he fortunately misplaced on the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
At his new staff McLaren, Ricciardo stated staff boss Andreas Seidl was protected from getting inked, however CEO Brown, who owns an enormous assortment of historic race automobiles, made Ricciardo a suggestion he could not refuse.
Throughout McLaren’s behind-the-scenes Unboxed video on the Bahrain Grand Prix, Brown promised Ricciardo, who’s a giant fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr and races with the NASCAR legend’s quantity three, a trip in Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Brown handed a delighted Ricciardo a scale mannequin of the Wrangler liveried automobile “as a signing on bonus, however I am pondering your first podium you give the actual factor a go.”
Feeling unhealthy about P7 is an efficient signal
Given McLaren’s promising early type with the MCL35M, a podium does appear on the playing cards for Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris after the pair completed seventh and fourth in Bahrain.
Ricciardo was handed at the beginning by Norris and was then unable to match the Briton’s tempo, partly defined by the ground injury he sustained in a conflict with Pierre Gasly, which the staff stated “cost a considerable amount of downforce“.
After the race Ricciardo stated that, regardless of his then undiagnosed lack of race tempo, he was proud of the best way his first weekend with McLaren went.
“I feel we have definitely began on notice as a staff and I really feel comfy”, Ricciardo stated.
“If I am seventh immediately feeling like I did not have race, then I feel it is solely an indication of issues to return.
“I feel from an entire the weekend was constructive I feel it was strong and positively from a staff’s perspective a pleasant haul of factors.
Ricciardo stated he felt in a greater place after his McLaren debut than he did two years in the past after his first race for Renault.
“I in all probability haven’t got a setup but that I am actually positive of or love in order that’s simply going to take time”, he defined.
“I do really feel higher than two years in the past so far as the place I used to be after the primary few races with Renault.
“I really feel like I am definitely a step forward of the sport now however nonetheless not the place I wish to be.”