Ricciardo’s McLaren troubles are ‘getting old’

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Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says that his struggles at McLaren are “getting old” now and he’s keen to move on from them.

Ricciardo has made a somewhat poor start to his McLaren career, being second best to team-mate Lando Norris more often than not in the first five races.

The lowest point thus far for the Aussie came in Monaco – a track he considers one of his best – when he was lapped by Norris, who claimed his second podium of the season while he failed to score points at all.

His poor form has been one of the biggest talking points of the season, especially as others at new teams have started to find their feet, including the man he replaced, Carlos Sainz, who is impressing at Ferrari.

Ricciardo says the Spaniard has told him that the McLaren he’s in is “strange,” and is just wants to move on from this adjustment period.

“I think, for whatever reason, naturally at the moment the car isn’t quite coming to me,” he told Sky Sports.

“I bumped into Carlos not too long ago. He was like ‘what do you think, strange huh?’ And I was like ‘thanks for telling me!’

“I feel there is a bit of a characteristic with this car that, let’s say, is a bit strange. Generally, you’ve got a window to work in and you can play inside that area and be fairly okay.

“At the moment, this one is just a very small window and therefore it’s quite easy to make mistakes or do something the car doesn’t respond well to.

“I don’t want to keep talking about it because it’s getting old, but I guess it’s tricky.”

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Once it was announced last year that Sebastian Vettel was leaving Ferrari, Ricciardo was one of the favourites to replace him, with Nico Rosberg believing that he was the best candidate.

Given how well Sainz has done though, the German has said he was wrong.

“I was very critical, I said ‘you have to take Ricciardo, why do you take Sainz?’” he said.

“Instead, now he’s doing great. Mattia [Binotto] was right, for sure.”

Sainz claimed his first podium with the team last time out, finishing P2 in  Monaco.

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