After its winter change from Renault, seven-time Grand Prix winner Ricciardo, helped unveil McLaren’s new F1 car for the 2021 season on Monday at its Woking factory.
McLaren decided to give the MCL35M an inaugural run-out at Silverstone on Tuesday, using its shooting day allotment for a shakedown to ensure all systems were performing as intended.
After seeing teammate Lando Norris complete a race in the morning, Ricciardo made his first laps in a McLaren F1 in the afternoon on a greasy and wet Silverstone track.
Although the test was limited to just 17 laps due to shooting day restrictions, Ricciardo was pleased with the opportunity to pick up speed after the winter.
“It actually seems longer than two months!” Ricciardo said.
“It always takes a while to build confidence. I think even in these conditions it’s greasy, they don’t give you much confidence after it’s been a while since you’ve been in the car.
“But no, it’s cute. Everything went very well, we completed what we had to. Really, that’s all you can ask for. I know that the more laps I do, the more I will feel at ease and in confidence with this team. “
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