Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Disaster on Drive to Survive Netflix Show

Daniel Ricciardo is known for his carefree attitude, but he was in a world of pain because everything went wrong at McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo’s mysterious struggles during his first season with McLaren are revealed to all in the new season of the popular Netflix series Drive to survive.

After leaving Renault in 2021, the Australian F1 star struggled to adjust to his new car and he came back to reality, playing second fiddle to young teammate Lando Norris.

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The Briton finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, well ahead of Ricciardo, who briefly regained form to win the Italian Grand Prix but still finished the season in eighth place.

Ricciardo hit rock bottom in Monaco, when he finished 12th after being passed by Norris, who clinched the final podium spot.

His misfortunes helped drop McLaren to fourth in the constructors’ standings last year – one spot behind their 2020 result of third.

speaking on Drive to survive, McLaren boss Zak Brown said the difference between third and fourth in the team standings, in monetary terms, is “tens of millions of dollars”. He also reflected on his surprise at Ricciardo’s poor adjustment to life in his new home, specifically referring to the Monaco debacle.

“I’ve never had this situation where you see one car finish third and the other not competitive,” Brown said.

“Daniel struggled, which surprised us, because Monaco is a bit of his home race, he’s already won it.

“I don’t think he feels comfortable with the car yet. It sure is frustrating, it threw us a curve ball.

In an interview with Netflix, Ricciardo said: “This sport, it definitely has the ability to tear your heart out, overnight.”

Ahead of the first race of 2021, Ricciardo had optimistically predicted a “range of podium finishes” by the end of the season – but he’s only achieved that feat once, in Italy.

Bottoming after another poor result, Ricciardo is devastated and unwilling to face questions from reporters.

“What’s the fine if I don’t media?” he asks a member of McLaren staff. “It’s embarassing.”

Ricciardo’s former Red Bull boss Christian Horner is filmed asking a member of the McLaren team why things were so bad for Ricciardo.

In the second episode of the short story Drive to survive season, F1 broadcaster Jennie Gow summed up the mood surrounding the Aussie, with so many people feeling sorry for the good guy on the grid.

“Everyone wants to know what happened to Daniel Ricciardo,” Gow said.

“Everything you hoped Daniel would bring to the team is gone. It’s heartbreaking.

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