Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Daniel Ricciardo

An offensive drive for Daniel Ricciardo in the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix let the Australian fight in the final stages.

After starting the 20th due to a power unit penalty after qualifying, Ricciardo made progress at the back of the midfield in the early stages.

He was the first to stop, on Lap 24, only to run out of tires in the last 10 laps and fall from 11th to 13th in goal.

“I think we had maybe four laps in the race where we had a good pace, but the rest was tough,” said the Australian.

“In the beginning we struggled a lot with the front grip, so it was really hard to stay close to the others, and then we pitted for a new tire.

“After that, I did not have a good grip to start and struggled, but after a while it came in handy.

“We probably had four good laps in the period where I could feel that I could really push on the deck, which was what I was looking for.

“Of the whole race, it was positive,” he added.

“I got a little excited because I thought it might just keep getting better and better, but it lasted four laps and then the butt fell off again so the last 10 laps were a little painful, just trying to keep going .

Riccardo enjoyed a relatively consistent pace during his second period, only to fall off Lap 50.

“We tried to pit early, try something else because you’m stuck [behind] other cars because the pace he had he could not overtake, ”explained McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl.

“I think that with this different strategy we jumped a lot of cars, but then unfortunately he ran out of tires at the end of the race.

“If you look at his tires, how they look in parc ferme after the race, they were just dead,” he added.

“But even an extra pit stop would not have changed the situation, so we tried to keep going.”

McLaren played Ricciardo while running 16th behind George Russell, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.

He reappeared after losing two places on the track before rising to 11th as others made stops later in the race.

However, he pressed hard on his second stint in pursuit of a top 10 result, so he took too much from the tires.

“In the end, with the lack of pace we had, he just shot as much as he could to see if there was any chance of getting out to get ahead and finish the race in points,” Seidl explained.

“I guess he simply killed the tires because there was a lot of time management required today for everyone who was out there.”

In lap 53, Ricciardo was less than six seconds behind 10th place Esteban Ocon, who had not stopped and was fighting for pace.

By that time, however, the rot had set in.

Instead of shutting down the alpine driver, Ricciardo instead fell into the clutches of Giovinazzi and Raikkonen.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber duo found a way past on Lap 56, Ocon held on to 10th as the Australian slipped to 13th.

“Of course we fought for the points and that strategy was our best chance, but it was just really unpredictable,” Ricciardo said.

“I know others went further, where one went the whole race on a set, but eventually I saw my tires and they were on their last legs.

“Unfortunately, it was not a strong race, but we will try to analyze it.”

The Istanbul Park circuit highlighted the weaknesses of the McLaren MCL35M, which has proven unsuitable for long-corner circuits that require high downforce.

Lando Norris in the sister car was only able to seventh, a place up from Carlos Sainz, who had placed in 19th place – along with Ricciardo in the back row.

With Charles Leclerc in fourth place on the other Ferrari, Scuderia scored 16 points for McLaren’s six, leaving the two teams separated by just 7.5 points in the constructors’ championship.

“We have achieved everything that was in our hands today or on the table for us,” Seidl declared.

“When I see how the race went for us, I think we strategically did the right thing; we had solid pitstops, the drivers kept on the track and eventually they gave us a result, P7 and P13.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“We have to accept the result from today simply as a result of the performance we had in the car this weekend.

“We knew it was a tough track for us, so look forward to going to Austin [which] should probably fit our car better again. ”

The US Grand Prix, the 17th round of the 2022 season, takes place on the 22nd-24th. October.

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