Ricciardo not feeling comfortable or confident

Date published: May 7 2021

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says he’s struggling to feel comfortable or confident in his McLaren around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ricciardo has spoken of how, in his first three races with the team, he didn’t feel fully comfortable in his machinery as he was beaten by Lando Norris in each of them.

The Aussie looked to be struggling again during the first day of running in Barcelona, with him finishing the sessions in P14 and P15.

He admits that, despite having three rounds under his belt, he’s still struggling to get to grips with his car.

“I don’t think it was the aero package or anything,” he said after FP2.

“I think this morning I struggled getting kind of comfortable I guess or confident so I was a bit off and we were just chasing some rear grip essentially, kind of fighting the car and not really having the confidence to push it.

“I think we addressed it this afternoon, I do think the car was better and we made a step. Clearly, a step is not enough, we’ve got to make another one, so on paper, it doesn’t look great, but it certainly was better this afternoon.

“It was a second to first so it’s so close and it just shows – obviously F1 is very close this year, but it’s a track that everyone knows so well so it’s just small margins.

“But we’ve certainly got to find some more tomorrow because if we’re a second off, we might be back here [doing interviews after Q1] so certainly some tenths to find.”

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Norris didn’t have the perfect day himself as, while he managed to claim P4 in FP1, he could only go quick enough to go P12 in FP2.

He says that the team does not yet understand why things were so much better in the morning session, but isn’t worried quite yet.

“Definitely just some things to improve in the balance side anyway,” he said.

“A bit of understanding why we think we were better this morning than this afternoon with the temperature as well.

“So still different things, still the fourth race of the season, the fourth track of the season, so still exploring different characteristics, different tarmacs and stuff like that.

“So still new things, learning, but tomorrow’s the important day, and that’s when we’ve got to put it all together.”

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