Daniel Ricciardo looks ahead to the 2021 season. He bids adieu to the French and joins the English band of McLaren. With him and Lando Norris inside McLaren’s cockpits, the season will be fun. Well, speaking of which, the Aussie complained earlier that Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacked one element, FUN.
The Yas Marina Circuit is has a total length of 5.5 kilometers with 305.355 km to race in 55 laps total. Well, that takes almost two hours. If the action on track is lacking, then it really becomes monotonous for the racers to keep going in circles. That is exactly what Daniel Ricciardo points out.
In fact, several fans on social media have pointed out Abu Dhabi to be the most boring race of the season. Well, we can’t blame them. In a season that gave us circuits like Silverstone, Imola, Istanbul Park, and Bahrain, it was quite a letdown honestly. Thus Daniel Ricciardo suggested some modification to the circuit to spice up the Sunday.
“It was like a long time trial that I was enduring. So personally it was a fairly fun race for me, although not a whole lot of action with other guys. Maybe we could play around with the layouts, I know there is a few alternatives around here,”
“Because unfortunately on Sunday it is tricky, it is sometimes a bit grim from an entertainment point of view,” stated Ricciardo.
Daniel Ricciardo expects a better Yas Marina Circuit in 21′
Daniel Ricciardo put up a couple of impressive performances this season. To add on, he registered points for Renault almost every weekend. What else could you ask of a driver who is in his last season with a team? Well, the two years that Ricciardo spent here, he made hell lot of memories.
“I’m really pleased how far we’ve come, both myself and the team, and fifth in the drivers’ championship, obviously there is no reward for that, but I think it speaks for itself in the turnaround we made this year,” remarked the Aussie.
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He hopes to see an improvement in the track when he comes to Yas Marina next time. He would drive the McLaren down the long straights then, but he would fancy competition with him, beside him. Although this race was quite exciting for him, he says, he could feel the diminishing energy from the track.
“It is a shame because it is such a great venue, and I certainly do not want to talk the place down because I want to keep coming back here because it is amazing. Knowing that my pace was strong and that I was creating that gap, that kept me excited,” recalled Ricciardo.
The season entirely was inclined to a single team. Therefore, it is incorrect to blame one circuit. Yet this criticism from a fellow racer should be thought upon by the designers and FIA. Hopefully, the Aussie has fun next year.