Daniel Ricciardo, who signed for Renault final 12 months, will already strengthen McLaren’s System One workforce subsequent 12 months. Crew boss Andreas Seidl lately instructed an fascinating story in regards to the new certification, again in 2015.
The German specialist was nonetheless in command of Porsche’s Le Mans undertaking on the time, and that 12 months additionally they launched three LMP1 racing automobiles at one of many world’s largest automobile races. Principally, Porsche solely took half within the season with two automobiles, so jumpers have been referred to as into the third automobile – together with Nico Hülkenberg, who even strengthened his F1 subject on the time. Finally, after 24 hours, he could possibly be completely happy too, as he was a member of the profitable trio.
Nevertheless, Seidl betrayed Ricciardo would even have been referred to as, however the Australian rider’s then-employer, Purple Bull, stated no to the request. “We had some discussions on the time, however sadly we didn’t get permission. It might have been an fascinating expertise for us, but additionally for him, and the automobile he was driving would finally win a Le Mans, ”the McLaren boss regarded again.
“Daniel has at all times been a driver I’ve adopted all through his F1 profession. I’ve at all times preferred his efficiency on the monitor, however his optimistic character outdoors the automobile can be one thing that’s essential to me inside a workforce. I’m glad you’re working with us subsequent 12 months and look ahead to becoming a member of you in January, ”Seidl regarded forward.