Ricciardo smelt double points finish before he ‘lost drive’

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Ricciardo smelt double points finish before he ‘lost drive’

Daniel Ricciardo believed that McLaren had a powerful probability of getting each automobiles within the factors on the Saudi Arabian GP earlier than his DNF.

McLaren, hampered by a difficulty with their entrance brakes, underwhelmed on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, although the second spherical in Saudi Arabia was a extra constructive outing.

Granted, it was actually not a clean weekend for Ricciardo, who took a three-place grid penalty into the race for obstructing Esteban Ocon throughout qualifying, however happily the MCL36 appeared to be a extra aggressive bundle this time round.

Lando Norris demonstrated that by ending P7 and Ricciardo noticed the possibility to hitch his team-mate within the factors, that was till his McLaren shut down on him, coming to a whole cease on the pit entry.

“I misplaced drive so there could possibly be a lot of issues, perhaps drive shaft if I used to be to guess however I’m no mechanic so don’t take my phrase for it,” Ricciardo advised reporters.

“Assume we might’ve had double factors which might have been fairly superior from the place we had been per week in the past.

“I believe there are some positives to take from the weekend for certain, we nonetheless have loads to go however actually some progress which is good.

“I believe the racing is enjoyable; you’ll be able to observe this 12 months and I believe every part that we hoped would come out of those new automobiles to this point is true, so I’m very pleased with that and like watching the battle for the lead.

“Course I need to be there however to know we will struggle exhausting like that this 12 months is basically thrilling so hopefully we might be battling for some greater positions quickly.”

The groups solely had just a few days between the Bahrain spherical ending and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix beginning to work on their automobiles, so Ricciardo felt that McLaren’s swift enchancment was doubtless influenced by the Jeddah observe suiting the MCL36 extra.

Subsequent up is a return to Ricciardo’s native Australia, with the race going down round a reprofiled, quicker Albert Park.

So, Ricciardo hopes that this might be one other observe which the McLaren enjoys.


“I believe the traits of this circuit actually appear to assist us, I believe each of us though we weren’t setting the time sheets alight we had a bit extra confidence with the automotive from FP1,” mentioned Ricciardo of the Jeddah observe.

“So it nonetheless may ebb and circulate relying on some circuits we go to, however taking a look at Melbourne and the modifications they’ve made I believe it’s going to be fairly flowing, hopefully that fits us. I believe for the racing it is going to be good enjoyable, so we are going to see what occurs.

“I’m excited to go residence and compete there, for now we are going to preserve chipping away and we will’t promise superb outcomes but however we’ve bought to maintain at it and I’m certain some higher issues are on the horizon.”



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