Struggling for form at McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo sees data from team-mate Lando Norris which he is not sure he can equal.
Although there have been flashes of pace from Ricciardo, it is safe to say his McLaren career has not yet sparked into life.
The Monaco Grand Prix could have been that moment, a venue where Ricciardo has often been strong, including a victory in 2018.
But in fact it was the exact opposite as Ricciardo contested the full race weekend with a sizeable deficit to Norris, capped off by being lapped by his team-mate as Norris secured his second podium finish of 2021.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, limped across the line in P12.
The Australian said after the race he will “step away for a few days” before resetting his mind for Baku, but made it clear he and McLaren must dig deep and find out what is going wrong with his MCL35M.
Of course, a lot of the answers can be found by analysing Norris’ data, but even that is throwing up results which Ricciardo is not sure he can respond to.
“After a weekend like this, I’m sure they will, let’s say, do their due diligence and check everything,” Ricciardo is quoted as saying by RacingNews365.com.
“On that, obviously, I’ll keep looking at it and see what things I can do better. But like, there are differences on the data. And it’s like, well, this is why Lando is quicker in that corner.
“And I see that, but I’m not convinced I’m able to do that. So we’ll see. Maybe it’s still a bit of me getting used to the car, but I’m sure they will check everything as well. Because when I’m that far off, it’s been tough.”
From this data, Ricciardo sees he is struggling in various ways through the corners compared to Norris. Braking and turning in were problems he cited.
“Maybe, like, brake as late or turn in like that. So we’ll see. I’ll obviously keep working at it,” he stated.
“But I feel this weekend has been so far off and so much on the back foot that part of me also just wants to switch off for a few days. And otherwise, it’s like paralysis over analysis. And I’ve been there before and I don’t want to go back to that.”