McLaren had their strongest weekend of 2022 thus far on the Australian Grand Prix, and Damon Hill believes that this was helped by Daniel Ricciardo's willingness to give attention to the broader image for the crew.
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Damon Hill has praised Daniel Ricciardo for enjoying a crew position with McLaren on the Australian Grand Prix.
The Woking-based squad recorded their finest results of the season thus far in Melbourne, with Lando Norris and Ricciardo ending the race in fifth and sixth respectively.
In doing so, Ricciardo was informed to carry place behind Norris because of the Briton’s automotive struggling with a difficulty, and Hill thinks that Ricciardo’s willingness to stick to this may have gone down properly with the crew.
“It is nice to see him when he is aggressive,” Hill informed the F1 Nation podcast.
“It is a disgrace he needed to maintain again on the finish [of the race], however it was a very good crew job he did there, as a result of Lando had some heating issues and so he was requested, ‘In the event you do not thoughts, do not put him below an excessive amount of stress’.
“And he did that job too, so I feel that is going to have earned him numerous brownie factors.”
Hill stresses the significance of teamwork
Hill believes that the environment at a crew improves when the drivers are prepared to play their half like this.
“It is all the time higher to be in a crew when everybody feels good,” the 1996 World Champion defined.
“And you have not bought [the scenario where] one driver’s put the entire thing in jeopardy as a result of they wished to be egocentric, however that is the dilemma drivers all the time discover themselves in.”
Ricciardo’s character exterior of the automotive can also be one thing that Hill is a fan of.
“He simply loves the stage,” Hill stated.
“He is an amazing performer. He is been so good.”
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F1 journalist Tom Clarkson weighed in on the dialogue of Ricciardo, and argued that the indicators from Melbourne have been constructive when it comes to what the Australian can obtain going forwards.
“He was pumped after the race in Australia, however I additionally felt he wished extra,” Clarkson commented.
“And I feel that is an enormous turning level for Daniel in that – excluding Monza – at another level final yr, if he’d completed on Lando Norris’ gearbox, I feel he would have been overjoyed as a result of he was battling that automotive.
“This yr, he finishes on Lando Norris’ gearbox and really wasn’t completely completely happy. [He was] relieved to get factors on the board, however thinks there was extra efficiency to come back.
“So I feel that bodes properly for Daniel Ricciardo when it comes to the place he is at with this automotive. He is clearly happier with it than he was final yr.”
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