Seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo has joined McLaren forward of the 2021 season after signing a three-year cope with the workforce final Could, leaving Renault.
The previous Purple Bull driver is now set for his first laps in a McLaren F1 automobile at Silverstone on Tuesday after the workforce confirmed plans to carry a shakedown on the British Grand Prix circuit within the coming days.
Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris will each full run-outs in the new McLaren, as permitted by the allotted filming days beneath the sporting rules.
“Lando and Daniel will first drive the MCL35M at Silverstone from tomorrow as half the workforce’s pre-season filming days,” the workforce stated in an announcement to launch the automobile forward of the brand new season.
Groups are allowed to finish two filming days per season, neither of which is allowed to exceed 100km, equal to 17 laps of the Silverstone grand prix structure. These should even be performed utilizing specifically supplied tyres from Pirelli.
Most groups decide to make use of no less than one filming day per yr to provide their new automobiles a shakedown earlier than the beginning of pre-season testing, which is about to start in Bahrain on 12 March.
The take a look at is not going to solely mark Ricciardo’s maiden outing for McLaren, but additionally the primary time the workforce can have run a Mercedes-powered F1 automobile on-track for the reason that finish of their final partnership in November 2014.
McLaren has been pressured to alter a sizeable quantity of its automobile for the brand new season regardless of a freeze within the rules to accommodate the brand new Mercedes energy unit, having beforehand been provided by Renault.
Mercedes reported final week that it had encountered some points with its new energy unit for the brand new season, however McLaren technical director James Key stated the workforce had not but had any issues.
“That is a query for Mercedes actually, we could not reply that,” Key stated when requested in regards to the points being posed by the brand new energy unit.
“So far, now we have finished some full-scale testing on a dyno and that is been utterly drawback free, however I might say Mercedes are positively one of the best to reply that, to be trustworthy.”