Zac Brown recently said that they had talks with Daniel Ricciardo last time round when his contract was up for review with Red Bull.
Ricciardo, at the time, believed that moving to Renault was going to be the better option for him as McLaren were coming out of a bad season where in 2018 the group had only scored 62 points in the construtors championship putting them 6th. Where as Renault placed 4th with 122 points. In 2019 McLaren turned things around especially with landing the Mercedes engine and other sponsorship deals they managed to finish 4th with 145 points to Renaults 91 points.
Zac Brown told Sky Sports:
"Getting a grand prix winner like Daniel definitely is a sign we've going in the right direction, He believes in that. We went after him a couple of years ago before he made the decision not to join us. I've talked to him about it since and he went 'you were coming off a pretty poor season' - which was putting it politely - 'but also there was a lot of this is what we're going to do to rebuild the team'.
"I hadn't brought in yet Andreas Seidl or James Key or restructured the leadership team. So there were a lot of promises and, coming off such a bad season, I could see how he would go 'oh, let's see how this plays out'."
But, two years on, Brown says: "He likes how it's played out, I've liked how it's played out. He's seen the changes we've made, the leadership Andreas has brought, the backing we have from our shareholders, going to the Mercedes engine, we're a team on the move and I think he's going to help get us to the next level."
We here at F1 Journal cant wait for this season to start but are looking forward to seeing what McLaren and Ricciardo can do next year.