Ricciardo reveals desire to retire at McLaren – “I want to be here until the end of my career”

F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo revealed his desire to retire at McLaren, saying he would not be anywhere else.

Ricciardo joined McLaren at the beginning of the 2021 season. He had a mixed debut season with the team and failed to produce the magic of previous seasons.

However, the second half saw an improved Honey Badger. He even pulled the ultimate trump card and won the 2021 Italian GP in spectacular fashion. It was a reassurance of sorts for himself and for his team, as he reminded everyone what he could bring to the table.

Having settled into the team, Ricciardo revealed his desire to retire at McLaren, saying he loved where he was and would not leave.

“It’s always like that,” Ricciardo told Auto Motor und Sport when asked if speculation was in his mind.

“Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s part of the challenge in Formula 1 and as a driver. You don’t just strive to be fast, you strive to be in the best car. But I am not in the hunt here.

 “Of course, I’ve been around a bit in the last three or four years. Because I like the environment at McLaren so much and I enjoy it so much, I really want to make this project work. I want to be here.”

Daniel Ricciardo on the podium after winning the Italian GP. Monza September 2021.
Ricciardo (pictured) celebrates his win at Monza. Source: planetf1.com

Great habitat

“The surroundings fit as well. I like the brand, I like the road cars. I can say that I really like being part of this company, part of the McLaren family,” he added.

“The reason why I’m not remotely thinking about another team or beyond my future is that I actually won in maybe the hardest year of my career.

“So my thought is: if I win in a year like that, what does that say about the journey ahead? I am definitely excited and I want to be here, possibly until the end of my career.”

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