A lot has been happening in the Formula 1 World recently even though we have not been able to watch any races up until now when we are 2 weeks away. With Vettel leaving Ferrari, Silly season started, lets just say a little early.
But this prompted Riccardo to jump ship and make the move to McLaren. And he has opened up about it.....
"I think back when I signed with Renault in 2018, I was having conversations with McLaren at the time, so I guess I kept somewhat of a relationship with the guys there.
So, it was quite easy to reignite the conversation earlier in the year. It was a lot of thought and it wasn't an easy process, especially not having any racing and a whole lot to dictate the decision from at least this year.
"But just having the space and being out on the farm, I certainly had no distractions so I had a lot of time to make my mind up. But not an easy one still, obviously."
"The reality is it's still not like a clear-cut decision, I guess,"
McLaren made great progress last year beating Renault in the constructors championship and that was with the Works team Engine. Now they have made the leap for a Mercedes Engine for 2021, the move o McLaren looks like a much stronger bet for the Aussie.
“Mercedes won the championship again, but it was quite clear to most that McLaren was the team which made the biggest step out of all. That was really encouraging for them, and that’s really all you can base it on.
“And then the pitch for the future. Obviously they are switching power units and all that. Even talking about it now it’s certainly tough, because by no means was it an easy decision, and not having very much to gauge from 2020, that was pretty difficult.”
"There are arguments for and against. Time will tell if the one I've made is the right one."
One thing is for sure, we cant wait to see his infectious smile back on the podium and it cant come too quick.