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Ricciardo "didn't underestimate" difficulty of McLaren F1 switch

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he didn't underestimate the time it would take him to adapt to his new car, vowing to stay patient as he gets up to speed.

Ricciardo had to "swallow pride" in Imola F1 swap with Norris

Daniel Ricciardo said he had to "swallow his pride" when his McLaren Formula 1 team asked him to move over for team-mate Lando Norris in Imola, but accepted the call was fair.

Sainz thinks Ferrari can be ahead of McLaren at other tracks

Carlos Sainz believes that Ferrari can be ahead of McLaren at tracks that better suit its Formula 1 car, judging by the progress made so far this season.

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

McLaren agrees £170m sale and leaseback of F1 factory

McLaren has agreed a £170 million sale and leaseback deal for its Woking Formula 1 and automotive factory.

Ricciardo needs to get rid of "old habits" at McLaren F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he needs to get rid of some old habits he picked up from his previous Formula 1 teams if he is to get more from his McLaren.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola F1 qualifying mistake typical for Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola qualifying mistake typifies the British driver's character in Formula 1.

Ferrari’s Imola practice pace "not a shock" to Norris

Ferrari’s impressive showing during Friday’s Formula 1 practice sessions for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was “not a shock”, according to McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Di Resta on standby as McLaren F1 reserve

Paul di Resta is on standby as a potential reserve for the McLaren Formula 1 team should Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries not be available.

McLaren to downsize iconic F1 motorhome

McLaren’s iconic Brand Centre motorhome will not return to the Formula 1 paddock in its original form, with the team working on downsizing the structure for later this season.

Seidl is best team principal in F1, says Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has praised Andreas Seidl as the best team principal in Formula 1, with the pair believing the squad’s management structure has helped fast track its recovery.

Brown: F1 must accept Netflix's artistic licence with Drive to Survive

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Formula 1 should be happy to accept Netflix's massaging of the truth in Drive to Survive, even though it has upset some fans.

Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from F1 rivals Mercedes, Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new F1 podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup car if he scores a podium.

Norris has made the next step, says McLaren F1 boss Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix is proof he has "made the next step" ahead of his third season.

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash in Bahrain GP

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo's performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

Norris plays down McLaren’s pace in Bahrain GP practice

Lando Norris has played down McLaren’s impressive practice form at the Bahrain Grand Prix, claiming he is lacking confidence and does not think rivals showed their true pace.

How McLaren is going back to the future with Mercedes Plus

How McLaren is going back to the future with Mercedes

The return of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership for the first time since 2014 brings two of Formula 1's biggest names back together. Could it be the final step in McLaren's rebuilding job?

Ricciardo still adjusting to McLaren brakes with MCL35M F1 car

Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful he will be able to pull off some trademark late-brake overtaking moves in Formula 1 soon, despite having not yet got on top of McLaren’s brakes.

Why McLaren's clever F1 diffuser trick is legal

The clever diffuser solution adopted by McLaren was a big talking point of Formula 1's pre-season testing weekend, but just how and why has it opted to chase this development?

How McLaren's "baby steps" could pay off in 2021

Ahead of a season in which the majority of F1 cars bear a strong resemblance to last year, it was curious that the one with perhaps the greatest difference was the first to launch. McLaren's trouble-free performance in testing appears to have validated it's decision to pursue generous lead times

McLaren "surprised" rivals didn't adopt F1 diffuser trick

McLaren is surprised no other Formula 1 team adopted its clever diffuser design, but doesn’t think it will take long before it's copied following Bahrain testing.

Ricciardo: Cooler final run key to understand how good McLaren is

Daniel Ricciardo wants to wait until he's driven McLaren's new Formula 1 car in cooler conditions before judging how good it is, after suggesting it hasn't felt 'electrifying' so far.

McLaren’s workaround to surpass 2021's F1 diffuser limits

Formula 1’s new aero rules aimed to cut downforce have been a big challenge for teams this winter as they have thrown everything at trying to recover the losses.

McLaren set to share Mercedes F1 reserves again

McLaren will continue to share reserve drivers with Mercedes in Formula 1 this year as part of a continued agreement between the two teams.

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales Plus

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales

As Formula 1 prepares for the start of its three-day test in Bahrain this week, Autosport's technical consultant recalls days with McLaren and Benetton when testing was a far bigger part of an engineer's role

Capito convinced Williams can match McLaren's F1 revival

New Williams Formula 1 CEO Jost Capito is “absolutely convinced” the team can enjoy a similar revival to McLaren following its takeover last summer.

How McLaren’s new investors have already made an impact Plus

How McLaren’s new investors have already made an impact

OPINION: The deal McLaren concluded with MSP Sports Capital last year which will help the cash-strapped Formula 1 team pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, also points toward the future for F1 itself, says STUART CODLING

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

Ricciardo's hips at "the limit" for McLaren F1 cockpit

Daniel Ricciardo says his "wide hips" make him on the limit for the width of current Formula 1 cockpits, but he now fits into this year's McLaren after early difficulties

Ricciardo: Three-year deal show of faith in McLaren F1 project

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he has signed a three-year deal with McLaren, believing there is plenty of momentum currently behind the Formula 1 team that gives him confidence

Schmidt: Arrow McLaren SP ready to complete IndyCar "Big Four"

Sam Schmidt believes Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the top echelon of IndyCar in 2020

Ricciardo enjoys "really smooth" run in McLaren F1 car at Silverstone

Daniel Ricciardo felt his maiden Formula 1 outing with McLaren went "really smooth" after sampling the MCL35M car for the first time at Silverstone on Tuesday

McLaren not had any F1 engine troubles despite Mercedes' 2021 concerns

McLaren says it has not encountered any troubles with the new Mercedes Formula 1 engine, despite concerns the German manufacturer has about its own preparations for the season ahead

The awkward tightrope act McLaren has to perform in 2021

McLaren comes into the 2021 Formula 1 season with arguably the most differences to its updated MCL35M chassis. But amid its attempts to consolidate its hard-earned third place in the constructors standings, there's an element of jeopardy too, says ADAM COOPER

Ricciardo eyes car collection bet with McLaren boss as tattoo repeat unlikely

Daniel Ricciardo believes a repeat of his Renault tattoo bet will be off-limits at McLaren, but has set his sights on a wager surrounding Zak Brown's classic car collection

Video: Analysis of McLaren's 2021 F1 challenger, the MCL35M

McLaren has unveiled its MCL35M challenger for the 2021 Formula 1 season, reclaiming Mercedes power for the new year

McLaren F1 driver Norris "fully recovered" after contracting COVID-19

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris feels "fully recovered" after contracting COVID-19 while in Dubai last month, leaving him "very drained" for a couple of weeks

McLaren: 2021 F1 car has "fresh ideas" despite limitations

McLaren's new MCL35M has still managed to incorporate some "fresh ideas" despite the homologation limits of Formula 1's 2021 rules, according to technical director James Key

Ricciardo set for McLaren F1 debut on Tuesday in Silverstone shakedown

Daniel Ricciardo is set to make his first McLaren appearance on Tuesday when the team shakes down the new MCL35M Formula 1 car at Silverstone

McLaren unveils MCL35M Formula 1 car ahead of 2021 season

McLaren has become the first Formula 1 team to unveil its new car ahead of the 2021 season, presenting the MCL35M to the world on Monday evening

Watch McLaren 2021 F1 car launch, live at 7pm

You can watch McLaren become the first team to unveil its 2021 Formula 1 car live on Autosport

The influences of Mercedes on McLaren's 2021 challenger Plus

The influences of Mercedes on McLaren's 2021 challenger

McLaren is the first Formula 1 team to show its hand with a Mercedes-powered iteration of the MCL35 that helped it to finish third in 2020. But its engine isn't the only area where McLaren has taken inspiration from the reigning champion

Why the McLaren MCL35M will be F1 2021's most different car

When McLaren pulls the covers off its new MCL35M at its Woking factory this evening, the expectation is of it being Formula 1's most different car of 2021

Top 10 McLaren F1 cars ranked: M23, MP4/4 and more

McLaren has taken eight constructors' and 12 drivers' championships since it arrived in F1 in 1966. But from such esteemed company, which is its best car? LUCY RIMMER and KEVIN TURNER pick out the best of the best

Podcast: Why McLaren can become an F1 force again

As McLaren celebrated its third-place finish in the Formula 1 constructors' championship in Abu Dhabi last year, the doldrums of the Honda era seemed a distant memory

McLaren CEO Brown eager to see calendar rotation in future F1 seasons

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown is eager to see Formula 1 introduce a calendar rotation model in future seasons, believing it could help some races become more sustainable

Why McLaren can be a true force in F1 again Plus

Why McLaren can be a true force in F1 again

History's second most successful Formula 1 team fell far, and fell hard at the start of the turbo hybrid era. But out of the doldrums of the Honda era, at last a revitalised empire is preparing to strike back with Mercedes power and a reinforced driver lineup

The numbers that reveal McLaren's revival Plus

The numbers that reveal McLaren's revival

McLaren hasn't had F1's fastest car since 2012, but was closer to the outright pace in 2020 than it had been at any point since 2013 - certainly a source of encouragement to a team that has endured numerous ups and downs in its 55-year history

Brown: McLaren "became a bit Darth Vader" in declining F1 years

McLaren became "a bit Darth Vader" in its declining years and needed to become warmer as a Formula 1 organisation, believes CEO Zak Brown

Brown: New era of F1 rules plays to McLaren's "sweet spot"

The new era of Formula 1 featuring a budget cap and a revised governance structure will play towards McLaren's "sweet spot", according to Zak Brown

Norris: Ricciardo's race-winning experience in F1 can take McLaren forward

Lando Norris believes new McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo can help the team "move forward" with his Formula 1 race-winning experience in 2021

Rosenqvist settled into McLaren IndyCar team in "very natural way"

New Arrow McLaren SP recruit Felix Rosenqvist believes he has settled into his new IndyCar home in a "very natural way" ahead of the 2021 season

McLaren sets launch date for 2021 MCL35M Formula 1 car

McLaren has announced it will unveil its new car for the 2021 Formula 1 season, the MCL35M, on 15 February

McLaren fires up Mercedes-powered MCL35M F1 car for first time

McLaren has fired up its new Mercedes-powered MCL35M for the first time ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season

2021 McLaren F1 car "essentially new" due to Mercedes engine switch

McLaren's switch to Mercedes power units means it has designed "essentially a new car" for 2021, despite the stability in the Formula 1 regulations

McLaren targets low-speed performance in upgraded 2021 F1 car

McLaren is targeting improved low speed performance and a car less sensitive to gusty conditions with its 2021 Formula 1 challenger

Norris confident Mercedes F1 power unit will be "better" for McLaren

Lando Norris believes the Mercedes Formula 1 power unit package will be "much better" for McLaren in 2021 following its move away from Renault