McLaren seems to be in a difficult situation at the moment. With the first two race weekends behind us, McLaren find themselves 8th in the Constructos Championship with just 6 points. marquee driver Daniel Ricciardo was outqualified by his younger team-mate on both Saturdays and seems to be struggling with the new regulations car.
The Aussie is yet to score a championship point this season and seems realistic about the struggles the team is facing. But fans will be hoping the 32-year-old racer can turn things around ahead of his first home race in 3 years.
Since joining the F1 grid as red bull The Australian is considered a great talent for young drivers for HRT. He was one of the best drivers on the F1 grid and his best finish came in 2016 and 2018 where he finished 3rd behind in the Drivers’ Championship Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. During his F1 career to date he has had 8 Grand Prix victories and 32 podiums.
Daniel Ricciardo returns to Albert Park this week where he will make his debut as a McLaren driver at the Australian GP. It was a challenging start to the season for McLaren, so a first home win for F1 ‘Honey Badger’ can be hard to come by. But fans can’t wait to see him back on his home turf in new colors.
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Let’s look at Daniel Ricciardo’s finishes at the Australian GP
Since debuting on HRT in 2011, Daniel Ricciado has competed in 8 Australian GPs so far. He has made 2 starts as Toro Rosso Drivers, 5 at Red Bull and 1 at Renault. His best result in Melbourne was a 4th place finish in 2016 and 2018. He was unlucky in his recent appearances at Albert Park with 3 retirements and a disqualification and has never been on the podium at his home race.
The 2012 Australian GP was Daniel Ricciado’s first home race as an F1 driver Toro Rosso. Along with that of Red Bull Markus Weber It was the first Australian Grand Prix to feature two Australians on the grid. And on his home debut, Ricciardo finished P9 on points after qualifying P10 in qualifying. But he couldn’t repeat the feat in 2013 as he had to retire with a broken exhaust.
After moving to red bull he snagged P2 in front of his home crowd. However, the joy was short-lived as he was disqualified from the 2014 race for exceeding the maximum fuel limit and using an unauthorized method of measuring fuel consumption. In 2015 he made a comeback, finishing sixth and earning his first home race points as a Red Bull driver.
P4 in 2016 was Daniel Ricciardo’s highest finish ever at his home race for an Australian rider after Mark Webber did the same in 2012. At the 2017 Grand Prix, his car failed on the way to the grid and had to retire. It has been identified as a fuel cell problem. In his last outing as a Red Bull driver in 2018, Ricciardo matched his 2016 result and came tantalizingly close to finish a second behind the Ferrari Kimi Raikonnen.
In his first and only race with Renault, Ricciardo struggled Sergio Perez went on the gravel on the opening lap, damaging the front wing and underbody of his car. Renault retired him on lap 12 as a precaution after the lap 1 incident. Despite his previous achievements, the ‘Honey Badger’ will keep his head down and focused on the upcoming home race and find his mojo in the country ‘under’.
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