McLaren CEO Zak Brown stated the modifications made to the operational aspect of the corporate’s Components One crew have been finally sufficient to persuade Daniel Ricciardo to join for 2021.
McLaren got here near signing Ricciardo for 2019, however the Australian driver selected to signal for Renault as an alternative. That call was made when Renault was comfortably better of the remainder and McLaren was struggling.
Within the time since, McLaren has overtaken Renault, ending forward of the crew which provides its engines in 2019. Final yr the crew signed highly-rated technical director James Key from Toro Rosso and added Andreas Seidl, a key a part of Porsche’s domination of World Endurance Championship within the final decade, as crew boss.
Brown believes these modifications have been basic.
When requested by the Australian Grand Prix podcast, In The Quick Lane, what the distinction was between then and now, Brown stated: “A few years in the past we have been coming off a horrific season, certainly one of our worst in McLaren historical past. Actually all I may do at that time was promise, or make claims, to Daniel on what my intentions have been.
“However at that time it was simply phrases — I will get an awesome crew principal, I will get an awesome technical director, we’ll get the assets we want, we’ll put money into CapEx. It was quite a lot of guarantees.
“I feel, understandingly, he went ‘all of it sounds good, however you’re coming off certainly one of one of many worst seasons in McLaren’s historical past’. In the end it did not get him over the road for these causes.
“Now as an alternative of claiming ‘I will get an awesome crew principal’ I can say ‘I bought Andreas Seidl’, who’s making an enormous distinction within the crew. ‘I will get an awesome technical director’, I bought one in James Key.
“I feel a yr on he was in a position to see I put my cash the place my mouth is, so to talk, and the outcomes have been coming.”
Ricciardo is certainly one of numerous drivers switching F1 groups subsequent yr. Sebastian Vettel is leaving Ferrari for the Racing Level crew forward of its Aston Martin rebrand. Vettel is being changed by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, whose place is being taken by Ricciardo.
Ricciardo’s Renault seat is being taken by the returning Fernando Alonso, who has been on an prolonged sabbatical since stepping away from F1 on the finish of 2018.