Brown: Ricciardo can win more F1 races for McLaren
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown believes Daniel Ricciardo can deliver more Formula 1 Grand Prix wins to the team.
Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix last year but has struggled for consistency so far in 2022.
The American made comments ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix which put additional pressure on the Australian.
These are comments he stands by and has since claimed they had no bearing on his relationship with Ricciardo.
Speaking to Fox Motorsport host Jessica Yates, Brown reaffirmed his support for McLaren’s latest Grand Prix winner.
“I know he can win us more races,” he said in the interview, also available on Kayo Freebies.
“We’re trying incredibly hard, but given his resume and the way Lando [Norris] Come on, do we expect him to be right next to Lando? Just in front or just behind? Yes, and him too.
“And we will get there. We are totally committed to it. »
Ricciardo seemed to have turned a corner in Azerbaijan, finishing ahead of Norris in what was a double points result for McLaren.
The team then had braking problems on both cars in Canada, costing them performance in the closing stages, while last weekend’s British Grand Prix was near disastrous on the Australian side from the garage.
Worryingly, no explanation has been found for the lack of pace ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, a Sprint format event.
Brown suggests that his public criticism before Monaco seemed to have positive results on the right track, not that it was the intended result.
“Maybe [I] need to do it a little more often,” he suggested.
“He’s a fighter, and his results since we said that – that’s not how they were intended – he’s been much closer to Lando and has beaten Lando.
“So maybe there was something to do a bit to excite him.
“When you look at these different athletes, you see coaches yelling at their players. So that was not the intended consequence.
“But I think you keep pushing hard,” he added.
“We like working with him, he likes the team. We have seen that when we give him a car that can win, he can win.
“He said last year that he didn’t feel like he had a good season last year, and he still won.
“So that’s in there, we just have to figure out how to unlock him in the car that he’s more comfortable with.”
Opening practice at the Red Bull Ring begins tonight with racing on Fox Sports and Kayo starting at 11:00 p.m. AEST on Sunday.