Up to Ricciardo to improve pace says Stella

There is “nothing” McLaren can do to get Daniel Ricciardo fully up to speed in the 2021 team’s car. That is the admission of top team engineer Andrea Stella, amid rising criticism of Australian Ricciardo’s form alongside the decade-younger Lando Norris this season. “He said ‘Norris does things with the car that I cannot’. As for the 2021 McLaren specifically, Stella says the problem for Ricciardo is the basic aerodynamic concept of the car. “That is why the responsibility falls on the driver to adapt,” he said. However, Stella says Ricciardo is maintaining his “positive attitude” amid the struggle, “which is not always the case when a driver can’t find the final tenth”.

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