The Australian had a tough time at Imola a fortnight ago, as he didn’t have the tempo to match team-mate Lando Norris, who went on to complete on the rostrum.
However having analysed intimately the place he was missing, Ricciardo has since spent a while within the McLaren simulator honing the way in which he drives in a bid to raised swimsuit the calls for of his MCL35M.
“The automobile tends to reward a little bit of a special approach, a little bit of a special type,” he informed Sky Sports activities F1, after ending Friday’s FP2 session eighth general on the timesheets.
“That is from handing over, to the way in which you employ the brake and get again on throttle. It is slightly distinctive. So I have been engaged on that within the simulator and attempting to place that into show right here.
“I feel that was coming. And I feel naturally, we’re simply getting extra confidence as properly with the way in which the automobile slides and strikes.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
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Ricciardo mentioned that whereas altering his driving type was a very good brief time period answer to extract extra efficiency, work was being achieved within the background to assist develop the automobile in a path that fits him higher.
“I feel that the overall traits of the automobile, what they’re for the time being, in some corners I can’t, let’s say, use my type,” he mentioned.
“It looks as if the bulk [of corners], one of the best ways to drive it’s a completely different type.
“I am attempting to let the blokes know the place the weaknesses are and the way I would prefer to drive the automobile. And so we’re attempting to convey some updates to handle that. However till then, I am going to simply learn to drive it as it’s.”
F1’s restricted pre-season testing this 12 months, which was diminished to only three days, seems to have performed a component in hurting these drivers who’ve switched groups.
Ricciardo reckoned that regardless of his huge F1 expertise, he was typically having to be handled like a rookie in a bid to stand up to hurry at McLaren.
“It is laborious to take as a result of I am a veteran now of the game and it is like, why ought to I would like time?” he defined.
“I am clearly skilled coming into this workforce and everybody’s sort of treating me like a rookie, however in a method it’s true as a result of I am a rookie with this automobile and this setting.
“I’m definitely not a rookie, however clearly after Imola, I used to be upset that I did not do higher or could not get extra.
“However Andreas [Seidl], Zak [Brown], they’re similar to: ‘chill, dude, it is simply going to come’. So yeah, I imply, I am clearly attempting to not chill an excessive amount of, however I am conscious that it’ll come finally.”