(Motorsport-Total.com) – That Daniel Ricciardo would fight with a McLaren today, he had already thought. But after qualifying, he suspected Lando Norris, who started just behind him. However, Carlos Sainz would not have expected him to finish in front of him on position 13. But with his seventh place the Renault driver is still not disappointed.
Daniel Ricciardo was beaten by Carlos Sainz in the end. Zoom
“Given our capabilities today, I’m pretty happy, and seeing where we were two weeks ago was a good result for the team and a great comeback,” he says. “We had a better pace in qualifying than McLaren, and we were able to keep up with them in the race, so we have to be satisfied with that.”
At the start, the Australian had to give even the other McLaren defeated by Norris. “We were side by side for a few turns, it was good and clean racing, but in the end he could come forward,” he says. With an undercut, he grabbed the British again, however, because he came in lap twelve a round before Norris to the pits.
However, when the safety car came, the situation changed. “I knew that Carlos had not stopped yet and then saw gravel on one of the big monitors, I thought if someone would trigger a safety car then Carlos would get a free pit stop and of course Safety Car shone on my ad … “
Ricciardo admits that he was pretty frustrated at the time because he thought he was unlucky, but his team brought him to the pits to give him hard tires and drive through. “That seemed a bit crazy, but it was a good decision,” he says. Because he came in a good position and in the end in seventh place.
But he did not stand a chance against Sainz at the end: “We had a little more pace than him, but it simply failed to come this one or two car lengths closer,” said Ricciardo. “That lost a bit of downforce that I needed to launch a serious attack.”
Nevertheless, the Renault driver does not complain. When he thinks of the last race in Austria, this time it has been a completely different world. “Even if we had missed something on McLaren, we would have taken that, but being on par with them so quickly in qualifying and racing gives us the confidence to know that we are not lost and have a car we can compete with could be.”
“And that’s encouraging for me,” he adds. “Of course I want to move forward, but as long as I feel like I’ve delivered and the team recognizes that … you can not expect any more, this year we’re not fighting for the championship, we’re taking these positive things I get along well with the boys and enjoy this step in my career, it’s good, we’re making progress. “