Ricciardo willing to “accept defeat for the moment” as Norris leads McLaren charge · RaceFans


Daniel Ricciardo says he “wasn’t quick” at Imola and he’s nonetheless studying to belief McLaren’s automotive, after his second race along with his new workforce.

Ricciardo completed sixth within the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, whereas his much less skilled workforce mate Lando Norris scored his second profession podium with third place. Talking afterwards, Ricciardo acknowledged that Norris was merely quicker on the day, “Sixth, the end result seems alright on paper however I wasn’t quick,” he mentioned. “A bit like many of the weekend however clearly Lando obtained a podium and had stronger tempo for at the very least the vast majority of the race.

“So I feel on one aspect that’s actually optimistic however clearly on my aspect, I would like to wish to determine not what’s going fallacious however simply what I can do higher. I don’t need to be too exhausting on myself however I’m going to just accept defeat for the second and simply work and see what I can preserve enhancing.”

Norris is in his third 12 months driving for McLaren in F1 and labored with the workforce previous to that as a junior driver. Ricciardo mentioned that seeing his workforce mate’s means to extract tempo from the automotive inspired him that he would discover the identical. “I feel that even when personally I’m not getting all the things out of it but, the factor that provides me confidence is clearly wanting on the potential of the automotive. It’s there and it’s fairly good.

Ricciardo out-qualified Norris however completed behind him

“It might do greater than I feel it could actually so far as simply carrying extra pace by the corners and the automotive goes to stay,” he defined. “So there’s a bit little bit of belief within the automotive.

“However I don’t assume it’s like, simply flip in and shut your eyes and it’s going to stay. Plenty of it’s approach as nicely. And this, I attempt to not say it as excuses from the previous, however there’s most likely simply nonetheless some outdated habits that that I must flush out a bit bit and issues that possibly don’t work as nicely for this automotive.”

Ricciardo and Norris ran the identical methods through the race, beginning on intermediates and switching to softs. Norris admitted he struggled to handle the smooth tyres in the direction of the top of the race as he got here beneath assault from Lewis Hamilton.

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Tyre administration was key to their distinction in tempo, mentioned Ricciardo. “He was undoubtedly faster within the race.

Ricciardo will ‘overlook a bit little bit of delight and take a look at what I can enhance’

“I feel the preliminary half was really okay. I obtained as much as fifth and I used to be doing alright with the intermediates. However then I began to lose the entrance proper and my tempo dropped off quite a bit.” Ricciardo was requested to let Norris go, and complied, through the opening stint. “That second part of the intermediates, I wasn’t quick,” he acknowledged.

Like Sebastian Vettel, Ricciardo switched to smooth tyres for the ultimate restart, however regretted the choice.

“For the restart I believed there can be a standing begin. So we put the smooth on however then I noticed rolling begin and thought ‘ah’. I attempted to take care of the tyre however the others simply saved pulling away so I began to push on it after which I used to be actually, actually struggling.”

Ricciardo mentioned he must “overlook a bit little bit of delight and truly take a look at what I can enhance” following his first two races for McLaren.

“I’m undoubtedly in a productive mindset and never in a defeatist mindset. I actually see the positives and for the workforce as nicely. [In] the second race, to get a podium already, I feel it’s begin.

“It’s encouraging to be up within the combine. So lots to be excited for this 12 months, I feel the game normally is all fairly tight and so I’m okay with that. I’m actually pleased with the progress we made in the present day and there’s nonetheless extra to come back. So I’ll be affected person but persistent.”

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