Helmut Marko hopes Daniel Ricciardo bounces again in his present McLaren struggles, however solely so far as third place “behind” Pink Bull’s two drivers.
Racing at house for the primary time since 2019, Ricciardo is dreaming of a points-scoring end at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
That, nonetheless, is about as excessive as McLaren can goal proper now given their “elementary issues” with the MCL36.
The group has scored six factors in two races with Ricciardo but to get off the mark, his greatest consequence being his P14 on the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Marko, one among his former bosses at Pink Bull, hopes the Aussie comes good sooner relatively than later.
“Daniel nonetheless appears to be having a tough time at McLaren,” grandprix.com quotes him as having instructed Sport1.
“However writing him off can be a mistake. We all know what he can do.
“And never simply because he seemed sturdy towards Vettel in 2014, however as a result of nobody else right here has been on par with Max Verstappen. And it wasn’t that way back.”
Ricciardo was team-mates with Verstappen from 2016 to 2018 and beat the Dutchman in all however their final season collectively.
However whereas the Pink Bull motorsport advisor needs to see Ricciardo again on the rostrum, he doesn’t need him to be too good.
“I want him success,” Marko added, “however it’s sufficient if he finishes third behind our two drivers.”
As for Ricciardo, whereas some extent in Melbourne can be consequence, he’s in the end dreaming of including a ninth F1 grand prix win to his tally earlier than the season is out.
“If it comes, it’ll come a bit later than actually desired,” he instructed The Race, “however with out getting forward of ourselves, if we had been to return and win a race in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months, I wouldn’t really be shocked.
“It wouldn’t be a shock to me as a result of I nonetheless consider within the group and the method we have now in place and the individuals we have now in place to get the job achieved.”