Ricciardo aiming for positive momentum: McLaren have a long way to go

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Daniel Ricciardo says that he's aiming to take care of his and McLaren's upward momentum on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

					Ricciardo aiming for positive momentum: McLaren have a long way to go

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Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to construct on his first factors end of 2022 going into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the McLaren man scoring a snug sixth place final day trip at his residence race in Australia.

Having had a dreadful begin to the season with a low-key P14 in Bahrain, earlier than a mid-race retirement in Saudi Arabia, Ricciardo benefitted from different driver’s points to maneuver from what would have been a lowly factors end to position sixth on the chequered flag in Melbourne.

It was his first factors end in entrance of his residence crowd since his ultimate look there with Purple Bull, again in 2018.

There have been clear indicators of enchancment from McLaren since their troubled pre-season take a look at in Bahrain, and Ricciardo is hopeful that the continued growth drive will put the Woking-based workforce in good stead.

Ricciardo nonetheless "on a excessive" after Melbourne

“I am
nonetheless on a excessive after a robust end in entrance of an unimaginable residence
crowd in Melbourne,” he mentioned in his official preview forward of the Imola race.

“So, hopefully, we are able to hold the momentum going as we
head to Imola. With the Dash format returning, something is feasible so
we have to get our heads down, hold going with the enhancements and
extract as a lot as we are able to from the automotive.

“It is
a technically tough monitor that is quick and flowing, so will probably be
good to see how these new vehicles get on. Final yr, we obtained a pleasant haul of
factors in Imola, and I’m hoping we are able to get some extra this yr.

“While
the weekend in Melbourne was undoubtedly a optimistic step
ahead, we nonetheless have an extended method to go to get the automotive within the place we
need it to be.”

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Seidl aiming for a double factors end

Whereas McLaren had been undoubtedly helped out by issues for others in Australia, workforce boss Andreas Seidl mentioned he is hopeful of having the ability to replicate an identical consequence to final yr’s Imola race this weekend.

In 2021, Lando Norris completed on the rostrum in third place, with Ricciardo sixth throughout his troubled begin to his McLaren profession. Because of this, Seidl’s targets are set excessive for the 2022 version of the race.

“We
have a very good monitor document in Imola because it returned to the calendar in
2020, with double factors for the workforce at each races,” he mentioned.

“We purpose for a similar
this yr, however a monitor like Imola typically creates alternatives and the
addition of the Dash format for this weekend means we’ll should be
operationally sharp and able to capitalise.

“Imola
is a good, historic monitor and will probably be fascinating to see how the
improved overtaking from these new vehicles will influence racing.

“With the
grid for Sunday decided by the Dash, there may be certain to be loads of
thrilling racing for the followers, now with the added incentive of factors
for the highest eight on Saturday.”

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					Ricciardo aiming for positive momentum: McLaren have a long way to go

					Ricciardo aiming for positive momentum: McLaren have a long way to go

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