Daniel Ricciardo has long made a name for himself as the king of late braking in the Formula One but as was the case at Renault, he again faces a big challenge to maintain that strength.
Ricciardo topped two morning sessions during pre-season testing but admitted to reporters that he still had lingering concerns around braking on his new McLaren.
The Australian has employed a fearless approach on the track, backing himself on overtaking moves by being late on the brakes.
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Ricciardo did take time to adapt to the Renault brakes though and once again faces a similar challenge.
“It’s certainly different again so I’m still probably adapting or adjusting to that,” he told reporters at the end of testing.
“Going from Red Bull to Renault and Renault to McLaren, probably the braking is the biggest thing which it seems like you need to adapt.
“That is one where I am still trying to get on top of it and understand where the limit is.
“But I think generally in the past couple of years it looks like they have had a pretty good car on braking.”
Martin Brundle previously branded Ricciardo the “last of late breakers”, arguing in an interview with Sky Sports that the Renault car did not play into his greatest strength.
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“Maybe he fancies more that the McLaren and the incoming Mercedes engine [will be competitive], maybe he’s concerned about where Renault will be in the future,” Brundle said at the time Ricciardo’s switch was confirmed.
Ricciardo’s late-breaking passes may return once again but he says first he will need to get comfortable with the new adjustments needed.
“I think that once I’m up to speed should be a pretty good one and hopefully see some good passes from me again, some late ones,” Ricciardo said.
“With the braking it’s more probably just a mechanical feeling. I think even things like new cars, new pedals and positioning, it’s probably more just a feel on that physically than anything else for now.”