The Australian parted methods with McLaren after the current Abu Dhabi Grand Prix off the again of two powerful Formulation 1 seasons as a McLaren driver.
Whereas there was one vital spotlight, Ricciardo’s victory at Monza in 2021, he was for probably the most half out-paced by team-mate Lando Norris.
That in the end led to what was meant to be a three-year deal being terminated early as McLaren moved to switch him with fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri for 2023.
Ricciardo opened up on his struggles at McLaren over the previous two years on the newest episode of the Australian Grand Prix Company’s Within the Quick Lane podcast.
He admitted that overanalysing his lack of tempo did turn into a difficulty and finally steer him away from his pure driving type.
“It is one thing that I’ve actually thought of,” he mentioned.
“I really feel that now the season has ended I’ve already slowly let it go. However I am positive I am going to nonetheless give it some thought over time, as a result of it’s a little little bit of a… I do not wish to say a thriller, however the form of steady struggles I had had been, at the least for me, very international.
“All of us have our unhealthy races, however to have the quantity that I did, and the extent that it was at occasions, like a second a lap off the tempo, I might scratch my head.
“I believe already final yr, in the course of the summer season break, it occurred to me that I used to be driving very consciously. It wasn’t pure anymore. I used to be one step behind.
“That was the place I used to be like, ‘I believe we’re making an attempt to do an excessive amount of’.
“One factor I hold considering again on is my very first qualifying with McLaren. I out-qualifed Lando.
“I nonetheless did not actually know the automobile. I do not know what number of occasions I out-qualified him over the 2 years, nevertheless it wasn’t a lot.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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“To have carried out it after I was in all probability simply driving extra off really feel and intuition and a lack of information in regards to the automobile, that was after I was in all probability higher off.
“That is not a knock on anybody or something. It is extra like, okay, did we overanalyse our unhealthy weekends after which get caught up in a manner the place it was like, ‘we have to begin driving like this or setting the automobile up like that’?
“For positive, in some unspecified time in the future, we might have gotten just a little too deep and just a little too misplaced.”
Ricciardo stopped in need of blaming his lack of success solely on the extent of study with the frank admission that the automobile uncovered a few of his weaknesses.
“If we did not dive that deep, would I’ve killed it? I nonetheless do not consider I’d have killed it on this automobile,” he mentioned.
“It actually uncovered a few of my weaknesses. I’ve to just accept that.
“However I really feel that we in all probability underperformed by means of burying ourselves too deep in all of it at occasions. And that is an actual factor. Particularly now.
“Race weekends are so busy, it is so full-on. You solely have a certain quantity of vitality – psychological vitality, bodily, no matter.
“When you’re utilizing up a bit extra psychological vitality making an attempt to analyse an excessive amount of, by the point you are entering into the automobile you are already in all probability just a little bit fried.”