Ricciardo targets three good years at McLaren

21 February 2021 01:56:27 GMTPlus10

Daniel Ricciardo believes there is "really good stability" at McLaren and he's looking forward to a positive future after confirming his deal with the team runs for three years.

The Australian was brought in by McLaren for the upcoming 2021 F1 campaign as the replacement for Carlos Sainz following his move to Ferrari.

Ricciardo will hope for an improved season with his new team after spending the last two years with Renault.

It all feels pretty right at the moment.

Daniel Ricciardo

The 31-year-old ended the 2019 season in ninth place in the Drivers' Championship before a fifth-place finish last term when he ended up six points behind Sergio Perez.

Ricciardo has been working with McLaren at Silverstone in the build-up to the new season and hopes to play a big part in the team's continued quest for progress after they finished third in last year's Constructors' table.

The former Red Bull, who has seven F1 race wins to his name and 31 podium finishes, has revealed his contract runs for three years and he's excited at what lies ahead.

"I guess I can say - I'll say it anyway, I've got nothing to hide - it's three years," he said. "So, it's certainly enough time to get this thing going. I feel I'm coming here with a bunch of momentum behind the team as well, not only results, but I think some really good stability in the team and the infrastructure.

"The former Red Bull driver thinks McLaren is the ideal place for him to thrive and believes all the elements are in place for the team to enjoy success."

He added: "I'm basically just fitting in the puzzle, as opposed to trying to put it all together. I'm certainly feeling good about it and hanging out to drive the car. It all feels pretty right at the moment."

Ricciardo is 151.00 to win the Drivers' Championship this year, while McLaren are 41.00 to win the Constructors' Championship.

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