Daniel Ricciardo has now accepted that his move to Mclaren is ‘bittersweet’ in the view of his current very impressive performance with Renault, but he is very resolute that he has no regrets.
Ricciardo has been able to finish in the midfield, garnering very strong points adding up to 43 points in the last 4 races leaving him just 2 points shy to catch up with Mclaren’s Lando Norris who will be his teammate for the 2021 F1 season and is currently in the fourth place in the championship rankings.
The Aussie is feeling the strength and the peak performance of his Renault R.S.20 as the 2020 season is progressing, and it apppears that he might have switched teams very soon, signing the Mclaren deal even before the 2020 Formula 1 season had started. But a confident Ricciardo stated that,”It’s obviously no disrespect to Renault and where I currently am, but no, I don’t regret it…am I happy to see us progress? Absolutely. All well and good, if it means we’ve got Renault as a competitor next year to push McLaren further then I think it’s good for everyone.”
“So I’m not regretting it, but I’m also not unhappy with the progress. I want to be racing at the front.”
“Every race in F1 is so important. Every chance I get to do it, the sooner the better. I am glad we’re making progress, and I feel a part of it, which is important as well to me and I guess my growth as a driver.”
On the other hand, Fernando Alonso is set to join Renault in 2021, which has seen him trying to integrate with the team over the last couple of weeks but Ricciardo maintains that the team is is holding him firmly in a bid to take the third position in the constructors championship, as the team lies just seven points behind Mclaren team which is in the third position.
“The team haven’t shut me out on anything. I’ve been doing simulator and all of it. It’s been really good to work with them. I know, for sure, bittersweet, especially for some guys in this team to know I can’t continue after this year, but I’m going to give it a red hot crack until the last day,” said Ricciardo.