Daniel Ricciardo says his shock Q1 exit on the Portuguese Grand Prix feels “fairly darkish” after he had been inspired by his Friday efficiency.
The Australian struggled in comparison with McLaren teammate Lando Norris within the first two rounds of the season however nonetheless picked up stable factors, after which produced robust tempo in Friday observe at Portimao. Attributing that enchancment to a give attention to adapting his driving model to the McLaren automotive, Ricciardo then had a poor qualifying that noticed him eradicated in sixteenth place whereas Norris progressed to Q3.
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“I don’t actually know in the meanwhile,” Ricciardo mentioned. “It occurred so shortly. As a result of in Q1 you get just a few laps, and definitely the laps had been tough, particularly the final sector was actually exhausting to hold on. However why we struggled, why it was tough to place a lap collectively, it isn’t so clear in the meanwhile. There are some things, for positive. There have been some tenths left on the desk, but it surely was tough. sixteenth is grim. It’s actually not a end result I be ok with that each one.
“I’m actually nonetheless making an attempt to get out of let’s say a little bit little bit of an outdated model, so I’m nonetheless fairly acutely aware about how I method each nook, if you recognize what I imply. It felt like yesterday I made step in direction of that. I actually felt snug yesterday, or extra snug than a pair weeks in the past, so that’s the reason to be standing right here now’s fairly darkish.”
Ricciardo dismissed the tough situations as being a specific clarification for his struggles, as he felt the wind and low grip seen in qualifying was much like Friday.
“We had it yesterday; I had fairly good confidence yesterday. So nothing actually stunning at the moment — every little thing was anticipated and we simply didn’t get the lap in Q1 once we wanted it. Each lap had some concern. Very hungry and really indignant.
“Tomorrow, I don’t need to assure however I’m satisfied that it will be higher. A whole lot of work forward now, to be beginning the place I’m, and simply attempt to put it behind me. It’s a session I don’t need to take into consideration an excessive amount of, and simply attempt to give attention to the race now. A troublesome one, a very robust one to take care of.”