McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has said he is keen to achieve success with his new team and put an end to his recent spell of moves which were made in the hunt for a World Championship.
Ricciardo left Red Bull for Renault at the end of the 2018 season, but the team failed to provide him with a car capable of fighting for a World Championship in the two seasons he raced with them.
Off the back of a disappointing 2019 campaign, Ricciardo decided to join McLaren – the team he snubbed for Renault in 2018.
He eventually scored his first podiums with Renault in 2020, but his move to McLaren nevertheless looks like a good one at this point, with the Woking-based team finishing ahead of Renault in last year’s Constructors’ Championship and them having a much more competitive package this season than the newly rebranded Alpine F1 Team.
Ricciardo finished his debut grand prix with McLaren in P7, and the Aussie has said he is hoping that he won’t need to move teams again in the near future.
“Obviously I’ve done a bit of moving around the last few years. It’s not something I want to continue doing or plan on doing,” Ricciardo said.
“It’s stressful and actually hard work so I feel like this team has already laid out a very nice foundation.
“And if I can build on what I can already see that they’ve got and personally achieve all of my goals here, then I think we can fight for a world title. Hopefully already as soon as next year.”
Continuing, Ricciardo said he wants to feel that he made a “difference within the team” when he looks back on his debut season with McLaren.
“I definitely want to get my own name on some of the trophies in the MTC,” he said.
“That’s one aim and I also really want to look back on the year and know that I have made a difference within this team.
“The team has created something pretty awesome, particularly in the last 24 months, and I really want to feel like I’ve contributed to that and ride the wave that they are on.
“But I want to do some of the weightlifting and maybe say ‘alright, this team has made another step because of my input, my drive and my determination.'”