Seidl confirms Ricciardo was on for Saudi points

Seidl confirms Ricciardo was on for Saudi points

Daniel Ricciardo has acquired an apology from his McLaren boss Andreas Seidl for the issue that value him potential Saudi Arabian Grand Prix factors.

The Australian is enduring one other powerful begin to a season with McLaren, having been compelled to overlook official testing when he contracted COVID-19 after which ending 14th in Bahrain with a automobile that was nicely off the tempo.

Issues appeared like taking a flip for the higher when Ricciardo was working eleventh, forward of his team-mate Lando Norris, in Jeddah and in with an opportunity of scoring his first factors of the marketing campaign when he misplaced drive on lap 38 and needed to retire, solely having the ability to roll the automobile down the pit lane.

An early pit-stop to vary his medium tyres for a set of the laborious compound on lap 9 – the primary driver to take action – had appeared like doubtlessly taking part in into Ricciardo’s fingers.

“Clearly we are able to solely apologise to Daniel that we didn’t give him the fabric he deserves to have as a result of from his aspect I feel it was a powerful weekend,” stated Seidl, quoted by GPFans.

“With the technique we selected with him, to offset him a bit from everybody else after he was caught within the early stint, I feel it will have paid off and I feel he may have completed proper the place Lando completed.”

Norris ended up seventh to attain McLaren’s first factors of the season, though the crew are nonetheless a way adrift of the place they’d hoped to be performance-wise.

Requested concerning the subject that had precipitated the MCL36 to cease, Seidl added: “We nonetheless have to analyse why precisely we misplaced drive. It’s one thing we skilled for the primary time.”

Ricciardo had been given a three-place grid penalty on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for blocking Esteban Ocon in Q2, with the crew additionally blamed and fined 10,000 euros having not finished sufficient to tell their driver concerning the fast-closing Alpine.

Ultimately, it had solely amounted to a two-place drop because of Mick Schumacher’s withdrawal by the Haas crew following his massive crash in qualifying.


Ricciardo stated of his race: “I misplaced drive so there might be numerous issues, possibly drive shaft if I used to be to guess, however I’m no mechanic so don’t take my phrase for it.

“I feel we may have had double factors, which might have been fairly superior from the place we had been per week in the past.

“I feel there are some positives to take from the weekend for positive. We nonetheless have so much to go however definitely some progress, which is sweet.”




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