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Ricciardo seeks to gain McLaren "voice"

Ricciardo seeks to gain McLaren "voice"



Ricciardo seeks to gain McLaren "voice"

Ricciardo seeks to gain McLaren "voice"

Daniel Ricciardo has expressed hope he is listened to by new team McLaren as more than just a driver.

Ricciardo has joined McLaren from rivals Renault, now Alpine, for the coming season on a three-year deal.

Ricciardo, who provided the team with his initial thoughts on the new car after a shakedown test at Silverstone following the recent launch, is hoping to make his presence felt at the McLaren Technology Centre.

“It’s feeling like you’re sitting in a room with a voice I guess and with enough knowledge that what you say will be taken on board," said Ricciardo.

"So I think that whole integration into all areas of the race team, that’s got a lot more power than being the driver and only the driver.

“I think that feeling like you can sit in every room and have a presence, that’s the most important and also the difficult thing to get going.”

After making his debut halfway through the 2011 campaign with Hispania/HRT, the Australian now heads into what will be his 10th full season in Formula 1.

Ricciardo is naturally hoping his experience and seven-time race-winning pedigree will be considered an asset by McLaren.

Explaining the most difficult aspect of joining a new team, Ricciardo added: “I think fitting in, in terms of feeling like you’re part of the team.

"Being integrated not only into the driving side but into all of it – into the engineering, into the strategy.

“I’ve already had so many meetings here at the MTC with not only my engineer but really with the whole racing department."


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