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Hot runs “not representative” of his potential, says Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo said the current McLaren runs are “not representative” of his real performance with the car, and explains that the real outcome will come when cooler outings arrive.

“I need to get one of these evening sessions under my belt because, even though we’ve been on the timesheets, in the day sessions, the track is 40 degrees.

“It’s not that representative of what I’m used to around here, so naturally the car is sliding and moving around so it doesn’t feel electrifying. But relative to the track, we’re obviously doing okay.

“So yeah, I think, 24 hours’ time, I’ll probably have a better understanding of really how well balanced it is. But I think both days you know, with a 180-degree wind direction change, we’ve been pretty solid so there’s certainly more positives than not at the moment,” he concluded on the matter.

Ricciardo says everything with his new team, McLaren, is going smooth.

“I think all gone pretty smooth,” he said. “I don’t know what could have gone better yet. Faster lap times! But no generally, I think it’s been pretty good.

“We’ve done most runs that we planned. I think now, I do the evening session tomorrow, and that will just complete the picture.

“Obviously that’s when we race here and qualify, so that will give me probably a better understanding of where the limit of the car is, in, let’s say, more optimal conditions.”

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