Daniel Ricciardo: Being on the grid and struggling in 18th place is not enough for me

"One thing I want to get out of this year is I want to know what I want, but I also want to know what I don’t want"

by Sead Dedovic
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Daniel Ricciardo: Being on the grid and struggling in 18th place is not enough for me

Daniel Ricciardo is currently the third Red Bull driver. After an unsuccessful adventure in McLaren, Ricciardo decided that Red Bull was the best option for him. After the race in Australia, this great driver spoke about his plans for the future, but also about situations from the past.

“Once you’re in the season, it’s relentless,” he said, as quoted by crash.net “All you really have a chance to do is dissect the last race and [say] ‘okay, the set up was this and we’ll do that next time’.

You don’t actually get a look at the big picture. Even like now I look back and even like the last two years at McLaren and I’m like, ‘okay, yeah, I understand why that didn’t work,’ ‘I would have done that better or done that differently or cut these things out or added that’.

So I’m even in a position now, only a few months removed from last season, where if I get back on the grid next year I already have things that I want to do different and it’s quite cool. I wouldn’t have had that if I was still in the race car”.

Daniel Ricciardo on his F1 return

Speaking about his return to F1, Ricciardo revealed that he does not want to be part of a team that will be at the bottom. For him, the most important thing is to be patient and wait for an opportunity.

Given that Daniel has tremendous qualities, we have no doubt that he will find the right job and silence all those who doubted him. “One thing I want to get out of this year is I want to know what I want, but I also want to know what I don’t want,” he added.

“And I think I can already answer that. I don’t want to go back to ground zero. I don’t want to just be on the grid [in order] to be on the grid and struggle in 18th place. So I don’t want to be on the grid at any cost.

I know that it’s harder to just jump straight into a top team in terms of availability. But I know that’s where I want to be. I know I thrive in those situations when there is more on the line. I think at this point in my career to [have] that real hunger and motivation to race at the front, that’s that’s all I really want. I know it probably makes it even a little harder to get to, but that’s where I’m looking”.

Daniel Ricciardo
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