The large firsts by no means actually succeeded for Daniel Ricciardo. His first Grand Prix with Crimson Bull led to disqualification, that with Renault by a damaged wing after 50 meters and a retirement. However at McLaren, the situation didn’t repeat itself! Admittedly, the Australian’s first orange race was hectic nevertheless it ended within the factors.
Thus, Ricciardo was concerned in an incident with Pierre Gasly throughout the first kilometers. Getting into flip 6, the AlphaTauri driver crashed into the rear of his opponent. If the primary destroyed his entrance wing in addition to his possibilities of reaching the factors, the second managed to seize the seventh place.
“I hope I’ve some injury, that will clarify my tempo”, launches Ricciardo, questioned concerning the contact. “To be trustworthy, I did not really feel [la touchette]. Somebody instructed me that [Gasly] had injury and I solely noticed it on the finish of the race. I requested him what had occurred and he replied that he had ran into me. I didn’t know. If my flat backside has been broken, I’ll sleep higher tonight. “
Why would the Aussie’s sleep be higher? Just because he was unable to maintain tempo together with his new teammate, Lando Norris. Dashing forward of him, Ricciardo adjusted to the Briton’s occasions “for one or two turns solely” and is 20 seconds behind the checkered flag.
“General the weekend has been constructive”, says the Australian. “It was stable and from a staff perspective it is good to attain factors. I anticipated the race to be the best session of the weekend, with out being overconfident or the to take calmly, […] nevertheless it was in all probability the opposite means round. I loved qualifying greater than the race and struggled to maintain up. “
To elucidate this primary blended race, the previous Renault driver talked about the dearth of preparation in Formulation 1. In response to Ricciardo, solely the following races of the season will enable him to realize confidence and pace. Nonetheless, the Bahrain Grand Prix represents a a lot better begin than the one taken with the Losange two years in the past.
“I am not saying we did not come ready however I feel [la Formule 1] is maybe the one excessive degree sport the place there’s not plenty of preparation: it’s a must to look forward to the season to advance to have the ability to enhance “, he explains. “I’ll proceed to simulate and attempt to be taught as a lot as attainable however it’s in racing that I’ll take advantage of progress and purchase probably the most information. It should take time, however in comparison with my first races with Renault , I really feel like I’ve a head begin, though I’m not but on the desired degree. “