Daniel Ricciardo still thinks he is the best driver on the grid, according to his performance coach.

The 2021 season saw Ricciardo struggle more than he ever has. His move to McLaren saw him take time to adapt to their car and continuously get outperformed by his teammate Lando Norris.

The 32-year-old is now more old than young, and in all likelihood will not be around for a long time. Time is running out for the former Red Bull driver to take his last shot at glory.

However, according to the Australian’s performance coach, Ricciardo still thinks he is the best driver on the grid.

Michael Italiano told Express Sport, “A world title one day is 100% the goal – it’s always been the goal from day one.

“I have full belief he’s good enough for a World Championship and he’s got full belief that he’s the best. If the car is good enough, he will make it happen.”

Daniel Ricciardo standing on the grid. Russia September 2021
Ricciardo (pictured) is still hoping for glory. Source: planetf1.com

Right move

Italiano also discussed Ricciardo’s move to McLaren, and assured that it was the right one for his career.

“I can only speak for myself – do I think it was a good move? Yes, I do,” he said.

“No offence to Renault, of course, but I really see the belief this team has.

“Daniel made the decision, I wasn’t involved. I’m obviously just here to prepare him, and so far my dealings with McLaren have been nothing but positive. It’s easy for me to say I think he’s made the right call.

“Getting that win also was a great way to say ‘cool, this is why I joined, because I wanted a car that has the potential to win’.”

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