Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren can take away extra “encouragement” from its efficiency within the Russian Grand Prix, regardless of the epilogue suffered by teammate Lando Norris.
Ricciardo concluded his day fourth on the observe, simply three seconds adrift of third-placed man Carlos Sainz, whereas Norris was left to ponder what could have been in seventh place after a belated swap to the intermediate tyres when the rain set in squandered his possibilities of success.
Whereas there was heartbreak within the McLaren camp, Ricciardo felt there was quite a lot of encouragement to remove from the staff’s total efficiency in Sochi.
“From a staff perspective, the extra I stand right here and speak the extra I perceive Lando’s race was a little bit of a catastrophe on the finish,” Ricciardo advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“It might have been a primary or a second by the sound of it. From a staff, there’s encouragement with efficiency.
“There might have been extra factors right now however we’ll hold it.”
Though Ricciardo struggled within the closing levels of the race as situations worsened, his personal determination to pit sooner than Norris for a set of inters proved well timed and helpful.
“Usually we’re the very best choose for that as a result of we’re those feeling the observe,” he defined.
“However I’m not talking about Lando’s state of affairs however for me, it was clear and in hindsight, one lap earlier was even higher.
“We nonetheless most likely did not good it, nevertheless it was the appropriate name.”
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Revisiting the beginning of the race, Ricciardo mentioned that his launch from P5 on the grid had been “too good”, however a scarcity of a slipstream minimize his momentum.
“I believe it’s robust right here as a result of it’s such a long term to show one so the launch was in a approach too good,” he defined.
“At one level I needed to elevate as a result of I used to be going to lose the slipstream, so I lifted to tuck again in after which all the great work was undone. Possibly on one other circuit that launch was extra helpful however that was good.
“I misplaced positions however I obtained Alonso and Lewis again so it was net-even in the long run.
“Personally, some moments had been good, some not so.
“I’m nonetheless keen to seek out some velocity within the automotive, I’m not certain it was as comfy a weekend as Monza, a bit tough and a bit compromised on Friday and I do not suppose we ever obtained again on prime of it, so we’ll hold engaged on it.”
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