Ricciardo has struggled for type by the early a part of the 2021 season following his winter transfer to affix McLaren, scoring lower than half as many factors as team-mate Lando Norris.
Ricciardo dropped out in Q2 final weekend on the Pink Bull Ring earlier than an influence unit glitch within the race brought on him to fall to 13th, marking a disappointing weekend.
Hopes of turning fortunes round for the second weekend on the monitor did not seem to get a lot brighter on Friday as he completed 12th in FP1 and 15th in FP2, lapping two-tenths of a second off Norris’s time.
However Ricciardo mentioned the automobile “didn’t really feel that dangerous” by Friday’s operating, and that whereas he was shocked to have completed to date down the order, he didn’t consider there was an enormous change in method required.
“I’m a bit shocked with the classification,” Ricciardo mentioned.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
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“We’re simply missing a bit bit, however there’s nothing that feels misplaced within the automobile, like I assume it’s most likely just a bit bit in every single place. I do know there’s not many corners right here, however possibly we’re simply lacking half a tenth in every single place, then that simply provides as much as half a second or one thing, and that’s what we want.
“It’s most likely just a few fantastic tuning tonight. I don’t assume we have to reinvent the wheel. I believe like with my driving and the factors that I missed out final week, and areas I used to be missing, I believe I positively made an excellent step as we speak.
“So it’s simply making an attempt to then simply make one other one tomorrow, and we’ll be in a good place.”
Ricciardo has been making an attempt to regulate his driving type to suit the McLaren MCL35M automobile following his difficult begin to the 12 months that has seen him fail to complete a race any increased than sixth.
“I’m nonetheless making an attempt to maximise the driving type that the automobile presently likes,” he mentioned. “That’s what I’ve been making an attempt to work on. We’re getting there.
“I believe as we speak was positively some progress, we modified a number of issues with the automobile to sort of assist me get that feeling. That was optimistic.
“Final Friday, we had been really trying fairly good, so in the event you have a look at the classification of final week to this week, you’ll assume we’re miles off. Then clearly Saturday modified utterly.
“I’ve confidence that we are able to transfer ahead for tomorrow, versus keep right here or transfer again. That’s why I most likely really feel even a bit higher as we speak, however we’re clearly not there on the timesheets.
“So yeah, I’m not going to panic. A little bit little bit of fantastic tuning, and I believe we’ll discover what we want tomorrow.”
Norris led McLaren’s efforts final weekend in Austria as he certified third and completed fifth, having scored his breakthrough F1 podium on the monitor in 2020.
Norris mentioned he had a “good feeling” from the McLaren automobile after Friday’s operating, however felt there was extra to come back after a various day of operating.
“We did not put every thing collectively, we simply examined loads of various things,” Norris mentioned.
“Tonight we’ll do our evaluation and hopefully come again tomorrow with a greater package deal.
“I believe will probably be a extra fascinating race than final weekend, harder to take care of the tyres, to know when to push and when to not push and so forth.
“Hopefully it is fantastic for us and we’ll ensure we do an excellent job.”