The balance theoretically established before the season between the drivers of the McLaren it is, in fact, the only thing missing from the Woking team. In short, the certainties have vanished: Daniel Ricciardo just can’t keep up with Lando Norris, both because the latter has talent to spare, and because the Australian has constant problems learning the new MCL35M. Racing director Andrea Stella and team principal Andreas Seidl warned him: “We cannot do more, you have to adapt to us“, Essentially this was the message. Not that Ricciardo is lazy or resting on his certainties: he is really trying to adapt to a car that is not congenial to him, but this takes away his mental energy and does not allow him to drive free. And then, he needs gasoline, which for a driver are the results: without them, it is normal to question the meaning of the path taken.
Ricciardo risks being unmotivated, he knows that the first part of the season (50 points against Norris’ 113) is insufficient. And he did not try to absolve himself: “Surely 2021 has been the hardest year of my career so far. I think this is the first time that I am constantly in trouble. You have bad weekends in your career, you can have two in a row, but sooner or later – even for a stroke of luck – you get results“, He told Speedcafe. “At this moment, however, everything is going badly. But I think you have to remember that I’m in the elite of motoring, and it’s never easy. So yes, I’m struggling, but I’m fighting against the best. I just have to raise my level and find a way out of the difficulties“.