DANIEL RICCIARDO has endured a horrible begin to the 2022 marketing campaign, prompting discuss over his future at McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo has endured a troublesome begin to 2022 (Picture: GETTY)
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Daniel Ricciardo has reminded critics he is “not forgotten drive” as rumours over his McLaren future proceed to escalate. The Australian has endured a horrible begin to 2022, with sixth place in his residence Grand Prix representing his solely factors end from seven races to this point.
His newest race weekend in Monaco was additionally a depressing one, after he misplaced management of his automotive and crashed throughout second apply. ‘The Honey Badger’ would go on to complete thirteenth within the precise race, leaving him eleventh within the drivers’ standings on simply 11 factors to this point.
By comparability, teammate Lando Norris is seventh in 48 factors, persevering with the theme of 2021 the place he out-performed his extra skilled teammate. Ricciardo’s struggles have led to hypothesis from critics over his future, with rumours enhanced following current feedback from McLaren boss Zak Brown.
He admitted to Sky Sports activities that regardless of successful in Italy final yr, Ricciardo, 32, had underwhelmed since signing from Renault on the finish of 2020: “In need of Monza and some races, it is typically not sort of met his or our expectations, so far as what we had been anticipating,” he admitted.
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Ricciardo has only one top-10 end for McLaren to this point this season (Picture: GETTY)
Ricciardo has now hit again at his detractors although, vowing to show folks incorrect: “The fact is I’ve not forgotten drive in six months, I haven’t misplaced my aggressive edge, it’s simply sort of a second in time that I knew I might come out of,” he instructed crash.web.
“You’re at all times going to get folks saying this and that. It’s what it’s. It’s as much as me within the automotive to show them incorrect. However nobody’s going to get into me greater than myself as nicely, so somebody telling me that I would like to drag my finger out just isn’t going to vary me as a result of if they’re telling me to drag my finger out then I’m telling myself rather more.”
Zak Brown has admitted the Australian has underwhelmed to this point (Picture: GETTY)
The Perth-born even argued that the criticism was nothing new, following a difficult begin to life with the British crew in 2021: “Already in April and Could [last year] there have been articles like ‘he’s misplaced it’ however six months earlier in 2020 I used to be considered one of many standout drivers of that season,” he added.
Ricciardo’s subsequent probability to show round his kind will come on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend. He was ninth on the Baku venue final yr.