A resurgent Ferrari appreciated a substantially extra aggressive 2021 season right after finishing a lowly sixth the calendar year before and challenged McLaren to third put, which the Woking workforce claimed in 2020.
A restricted battle between McLaren and Ferrari ebbed and flowed for most of the year right up until the Scuderia surged very clear in the ultimate 3rd of 2021 to protected third.
It proved an pleasant following chapter in 1 of F1’s most common rivalries spanning quite a few decades. Famed McLaren-Ferrari bouts include duels concerning James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 70s, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1990 and a lot more a short while ago battles among Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen, or Lewis Hamilton compared to Felipe Massa in 2008.
Ricciardo, who experienced a reduced-essential first time of adaption with McLaren, relished his team’s battle with the Maranello squad and assumed it was “a interesting story” for F1.
“That it’s Ferrari, from the exterior it is a amazing tale that these two teams have had a handful of lower decades and two of the major teams ever,” Ricciardo said.
“And now they’re coming back and they’re battling it out. If only it was for P1! I assume which is really the story I’m positive a lot of lovers want.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
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Regardless of the opposition, Ricciardo appreciated that his team’s scrap with Ferrari gave it apparent and concrete targets to chase through 2021, as Mercedes and Pink Bull both of those proved out of get to for the two giants.
“It really is normally improved when you have obtained something to struggle for,” the Australian defined. “If we are in this lonely struggle of 3rd and Crimson Bull and [Mercedes] have been also considerably in entrance, Ferrari was also significantly guiding, I imagine it would be a lot less fascinating.
“I like owning a focus on and one thing to chase, so that is been great. And for positive we have centered some of our things on them and just naturally making an attempt to defeat them, but which is in all probability a lot more of a staff point.
“I feel for me personally as a driver as soon as the helmet’s on and the lights go out Sunday, it doesn’t make a difference what color the automobile is, if you think you can conquer them then you are going to try out to beat them.
“It will not really modify the act at the rear of the wheel, but I imagine for like the crew to have that focus on and that fight, it does build a minor bit more… I really don’t want to say drive, but yeah, you will find a concentrate on, so every single weekend you have obtained something definitely to perform for and it doesn’t allow any of us to get complacent.”