Daniel Ricciardo is one of the most decorated F1 drivers of this millennium, but he is struggling to overpower his decade younger teammate.
McLaren hired Daniel Ricciardo with several hopes. Though, in the first season, he failed to stand over those expectations and stands at a large deficit against Lando Norris.
Accepting his shortfall against Norris, Ricciardo concedes he is still not settled with the car. He also feels frustrated with his poor string of performances this year.
“The natural picture in my head was that every lap I do in this car,” Ricciardo told GP Racing. “I’d just get better. In Bahrain, I qualified sixth and I knew I still wasn’t close to 100 percent comfortable.”
“So in my head, I was like, ‘Well, each time I drive now I’ll just push the car more and more. And then I, let’s say, hit an early plateau where the limit was a different limit to what I was used to. And to arrive at that limit, I needed to drive the car quite differently.”
“The car has some really strong points but also some weak points, and I was just trying to navigate my way to the strong points. It didn’t always come natural for me.”
“The key was trying to break it down and understand it corner by corner because, as a whole, there were times when I was seven or eight tenths away (from Norris) and I was like, ‘I can’t do that. I don’t know where that time is.”
Daniel Ricciardo didn’t feel so defeated by even Max Verstappen
Ricciardo had a difficult time accepting Max Verstappen’s superiority at Red Bull. He was definitely frustrated with his condition over there. However, he claims with Norris it has been worse.
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“Even with me and Max (Verstappen), a really strong and competitive rivalry, I remember Nthan me. We all know the calibre of driver Max is. So – and I’m not taking anything away from Lando – a gap that big is like foreign territory really. I’ve never found myself in that position.”