Daniel Ricciardo is trailing teammate Lando Norris in the McLaren teammate battle so far this year, something which the Australian has accepted.
Ricciardo has scored points in both F1 races this season so far, a feat which teammate Norris has also done, to a better degree as well. Norris thoroughly outclassed Ricciardo at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, taking a stellar podium, the second of his career and first without steward intervention.
Ricciardo has finished seventh and sixth so far, to be seventh in the title at present. Ricciardo has said after the Imola round that Norris is simply faster at the moment.
“Sixth, the result looks alright on paper but I wasn’t fast. A bit like most of the weekend but obviously Lando got a podium and had stronger pace for at least the majority of the race,” Ricciardo said.
“So I think on one side that’s really positive but obviously on my side, I need to need to figure out not what’s going wrong but just what I can do better. I don’t want to be too hard on myself but I’m going to accept defeat for the moment and just work and see what I can keep improving.”
Regarding his lack of experience in the McLaren, Ricciardo explained he doesn’t think he’s getting everything out of the car.
“I think that even if personally I’m not getting everything out of it yet, the thing that gives me confidence is obviously looking at the potential of the car. It’s there and it’s pretty good.”
“It can do more than I think it can as far as just carrying more speed through the corners and the car is going to stick,” he explained. “So there’s a little bit of trust in the car.”
McLaren had a strong showing in 2020 in Portimao, where Formula 1 heads next for the Portuguese Grand Prix.