Daniel Ricciardo is satisfied with the first pre-season tests with the new team after two seasons at Renault, and he also revealed which thing was the hardest for him to get used to when changing the car.
Ricciardo drove 173 laps in a McLaren MCL35M in three days of testing in Bahrain, which ranks him 13th in the number of laps among drivers, and he was twice the fastest in the morning part of the day.
“I’m really happy that we did the tests reliably and without any real problems or worries,” Ricciardo said.
“It’s been a really good three days.”
“I’m really grateful to the team, both here on the track and in the factory, for putting together a good car for the testing.”
“Because of them, I felt at home so I feel comfortable and I can’t wait to get back here and get out on the track at the Bahrain GP.”
Ricciardo is aware that after only three days of testing, in which he shared the car with his new teammate Norris, he still can’t get the most out of the car, and he says it’s the hardest thing for him to get used to braking.
“Am I already one with the car? Not yet,” he said.
“It’s going to take a while.”
“When I switched from Red Bull to Renault, it took me the longest to get used to the braking behavior. I still have to figure out exactly where the limit is with this car.”
“But I’ll make it. McLaren is traditionally a good car on the braking. I hope to have some good overtaking this year.”
“It’s a new car, with different pedals and a different pedal position. You have to get used to it first.”