McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo revealed that he was expecting more problems in 2022, stating no driver could have a perfect season.
Ricciardo arrived at McLaren to much fanfare and hype. However, he failed to live up to the lofty expectations set for him, and had a lacklustre debut season with his new team.
Even though we saw glimpses of prime Daniel, it was still an average season for his standards. He was also beaten by his teammate Lando Norris, who scored more points than him in 2021, something he was criticised for.
As a result, Ricciardo revealed that he was expecting more problems in 2022, saying he would deal with them when they come.
“I certainly never give up hope,” he told Auto Motor und Sport, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“I’m not the first driver in the team to report the limitations with the car that I felt. I don’t want to say that some of it is in the DNA of the car because a car changes over time.
“But as far as I understand it, it’s been on McLaren’s mind for some time. Maybe it’s being talked about more than in the past. I think it could be a step in the right direction,” the Australian explained.
“Will my problems suddenly be gone? I don’t expect that.
“If they do, I think I will adapt to the rules with my natural driving style. But I want to be prepared if it doesn’t turn out that way.
“The fact that I got better and better with the 2021 car should also benefit me with the next car.”