McLaren has one target in mind for Daniel Ricciardo’s first Formula 1 grand prix on board: that team and driver feel like they have been together for years.
With F1’s pre-season testing schedule the most compact it has ever been, and strict limits on who could join the Abu Dhabi young driver run last year, there has been precious little time for the new combination to get ready for 2021’s challenges.
But for a team like McLaren, that is no excuse for any early cautiousness or a grace period for Ricciardo and his crew to get up to speed with each other.

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