When McLaren announced the signing of Daniel Ricciardo, it was described as a “multi-year agreement” but there was no specifications around the length of the deal..
The Aussie superstar though has now revealed those details and it shows just how much faith he has in McLaren’s chances moving forward.
Speaking to mediaahead of the launch of the 2021 McLaren F1 car, Ricciardo said his deal would run through until the end of the 2023 season.
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“I guess I can say – I’ll say it anyway, I’ve got nothing to hide – it’s three years,” Ricciardo said, per Sky Sports.
“So, it’s certainly enough time to get this thing going.
“I feel I’m coming here with a bunch of momentum behind the team as well, not only results, but I think some really good stability in the team and the infrastructure.”
McLaren boss Zak Brown revealed earlier in 2020 that they had been seeking out Ricciardo since he left Red Bull in 2018.
But the man himself said at the time, he was not completely sold on the move for a few key reasons.
“When I talked to McLaren a couple of years ago back in 2018, I don’t think Andreas was there yet, James Key wasn’t, so there were still quite a few moving parts,” he added.
“Ultimately not only the results weren’t quite there on track yet, but they were trying to figure out their own structure and I think they’ve established that now.”
The 31-year old will line up alongside the much younger Briton Lando Norris (21) and while he admits he cannot predict the future, he sees enough promise to be confident at McLaren.
“We don’t have a crystal ball. Leaving Red Bull or leaving Renault, it’s obviously what I feel is right,” Ricciardo said.
“Do I know 100 per cent how it’s going to turn out? I don’t, but I certainly feel like McLaren have done the right things particularly the last few years to set themselves up for these rule changes coming in ‘22.
“Obviously, I feel I’m coming here with a bunch of momentum behind the team as well.
“Not only results, but let’s say some really good stability in the team and infrastructure.
I’m basically just fitting into the puzzle as opposed to trying to put it all together. I’m certainly feeling good about it.”