Daniel Ricciardo says he needs to be “adult” with his emotions after a disappointing qualifying at the Red Bull Ring on Friday.
Ricciardo’s Friday at the Austrian Grand Prix went from bad to worse from practice to qualifying.
His preparations for the weekend were hampered in FP1 when he suffered a DRS problem that meant he could not complete his intended programme.
Taking to the track for qualifying, he was off the pace and finished down in 16th place, missing out on a Q2 berth by 0.024s.
Asked by FoxSports where he was losing pace, the clearly disappointed driver replied: “A little bit everywhere.
“I don’t want to just walk out of the turnstiles and say ‘see you later’; I obviously want to just figure it out and the only way it’s going to get better is if I try and learn and understand a bit more.
“So, yes, try to just be an adult in this situation.
“Of course, I’ll let some emotion out, whatever, but ultimately we’ve still got a long weekend ahead, so I need to still keep my eyes forward on the prize and know that it’ll get better if we keep working.”
That's the end of Q1. Lando makes it through, but unfortunately Daniel is out.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) July 8, 2022
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl said his driver “struggled to extract the performance” from the car.
But with Lando Norris eventually only making it as high as P15, one place ahead of his Aussie team-mate, Seidl concedes the entire session was “not good enough.”
He continued: “We need to get to the bottom of this and make sure we eliminate all these different issues as quick as possible.
“If you look at FP1, on Daniel’s side we had a DRS issue which compromised our run plan. We couldn’t go through the full programme as we were focused on solving the DRS issue.
“On Lando’s side, unfortunately, after installing a new PU for this weekend we had a power loss. It’s something we still have to investigate together with our colleagues from Mercedes.
“Still we managed to get both cars ready for qualifying. But then right away from the first outing, we experienced a brake-by-wire issue on Lando’s side, which didn’t allow him to push the car to the limit, give him confidence, and then didn’t allow him to set any meaningful lap time in Q2.
“It is a shame because I think the lap time he could set in Q1 you could see the potential we had for the package today.
“But then that doesn’t count if you don’t get it together as a team.”