Former boss details ‘sad’ Daniel Ricciardo confession

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is “sad” to see Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles at McLaren this season.

Ricciardo shocked the F1 world in 2018 by signing with Renault, departing Red Bull much to Horner’s frustration.

The bombshell split didn’t pay off for either party – the Australian driver jumped ship once again following stint at Renault, signing with McLaren during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020

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Meanwhile, Red Bull struggled to find a worthy teammate for powerhouse driver Max Verstappen, trialling Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon and now Sergio Perez in the three-year game of musical chairs.

Unfortunately for Ricciardo, his first nine races with McLaren have not gone as planned – the 31-year-old is eighth in the drivers’ standings with 40 points and zero podiums.

Meanwhile, McLaren teammate Lando Norris is the only driver to have secured points in all nine races to date, and sits fourth in the drivers’ championship with 101 points and three podiums.

Speaking on the Beyond The Grid podcast, Horner refused to comment on whether he believed Ricciardo regretted leaving Red Bull.

Christian Horner doesn’t want to see Daniel Ricciardo struggling like he is.Source:Getty Images

“When he announced he was leaving Renault, he gave me a call in the shutdown last year, and I remember him saying, ‘You’re probably thinking I told you so, and yeah you did.’ But that was a decision he felt he needed to make at that time,” Horner said.

“He’s still a great friend of the team, still a great driver. I’m sad to see him having the struggles he’s having at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll come through them.”

Last week, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl conceded the team is “disappointed” with Ricciardo’s pace this year.

“I don’t think he imagined it would be so difficult to change teams,” Seidl told RTL.

“He’s disappointed, so are we. Because we thought he would be faster.

“I am still convinced that at some point it will click with him.”

This season hasn’t gone to plan.Source:AFP

Although Perez has not set the F1 world alight this year, Horner spoke highly of the Mexican driver’s maiden season at Red Bull.

“The way he’s settled in, the way he’s delivering, particularly after his victory in Bahrain last year, it would have been very tough for him not to be in Formula 1,” Horner said.

“I think he brings a dynamic in the fight we have with Mercedes that’s starting to pay dividends.

“You saw that in the French Grand Prix and also Azerbaijan, getting his first victory, so he’s absolutely delivering.”

The F1 season resumes at the British Grand Prix this weekend, with lights out scheduled for midnight on Sunday evening AEST.

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