Given the relative youthfulness and exuberance that is often displayed by McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo, it is sometimes tough to remember that he has now entered his 10th full season in the sport.
The Australian first started off at the 2011 British Grand Prix with HRT, but only got a full-time driver’s role the following year at Toro Rosso.
His ambition is now well and truly on becoming a world champion. It is imperative that he achieves this and he has claimed that he plotted the move primarily because he believes McLaren has shown tremendous improvement over the last couple of years.
Ricciardo does not believe he is the sort who will look to ply his trade at any other racing series once his time is done in Formula 1.
“As much as I love the sport, and obviously it’s given me a lot, I think I’ll also equally love to escape from it once I’m done,” Ricciardo said in an interview with Square Mile.
“I’ve poured all my heart into it and energy, so when I do say I’m done, I think I’ll be done. At least for a bit of time.
“I mean, it might call me back to do something at some point, but I just see myself just going on a massive road trip and doing something really, still adventurous, but in a different way, you know, not on a schedule.
“So whether it’s related around music, food or whatever, it just sounds good.”
Ricciardo managed to register 6 points in his opening race for McLaren with a 7th position finish in Bahrain. Had it not have been for damage to his flooring, he may well have done a lot better than that. His teammate Lando Norris finished the event in an impressive 4th place.
Imola is the location of the next Grand Prix and McLaren will hope both its drivers can once again notch vital teams as the team looks to build on its strengths from last season.