Ricciardo addresses growth at McLaren – “This year was the biggest year for that”

Daniel Ricciardo addressed his growth at McLaren, saying he grew more than he did during any other season in F1.

Ricciardo joined McLaren in a bumper move and partnered with Lando Norris. Many had big expectations from the then seven-time race winner, thinking he would lead the team into a new era. Instead, it was the young British driver who took up the role, outperforming his struggling Australian counterpart for most of the season.

Even though a resurgent second half to the season was had, Ricciardo finished the season behind on points. Some criticised the 2021 Italian GP winner for having a lacklustre season, but he remained calm.

Ricciardo addressed his growth at McLaren, saying it was the biggest learning experience of his F1 career.

“I think already moving from Red Bull to Renault I went through some, call it, personal growth,” he told Speedcafe.com.

“But I think last year, probably two factors made it the biggest year for that.

Daniel Ricciardo listens to music. Abu Dhabi December 2021.
Ricciardo (pictured) faced the biggest F1 learning at McLaren. Source: planetf1.com

“One was the challenges I faced with the car, and trying to obviously gel with that, and then I think the other one was obviously being away from home.”

Home advantage

“Just not having some of those home comforts or family surroundings you’re kind of just used to,” he continued.

“I think sometimes, if you live at home, you don’t really notice it because it’s always in front of you. But obviously when I left Australia and moved away from family, you certainly notice it more.

“But now, not seeing them for that long, that’s a bigger thing. It’s made me definitely appreciate other things in life, not just racing, and I think that’s given me a lot of growth.”

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