After a disastrous Monaco Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo wants to bounce back in Azerbaijan after having analyzed and worked on a lot of aspects of his driving style during the past week.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix was probably one of the most disappointing experiences in Ricciardo’s career. After proving multiple times his astonishing pace around the streets of the principality, the Australian looked a bit rusty this year, getting lapped by his teammate Lando Norris during the race and admitting not understanding how the gap was so wide between him and the Briton.
Not understanding where or why tenths were lost during a qualifying lap is very alarming for a racing driver and is often a sign that major changes are needed either in your driving style or in the car setup. Nonetheless, hours of data analysis and hard work are still needed to find the issues and fix them which can be compromised by the short time period between the two Grand Prix.
After his poor performance in Monaco, Ricciardo admitted having spent hours in the simulator and starting to feel more comfortable with his car. The Australian thinks he has discovered where performances can be found but still needs to “put all pieces together” in order to “unlock” all the potential of his single-seater.
“The team and I have been working hard in the sim to understand, analyze and pinpoint the key areas we need to improve. We know the car has good potential, we just need to put all pieces together to unlock it,” Ricciardo said.
“There’s still that element of adapting to a new car which I’m sure will come with the more time and mileage behind the wheel. I’m going to keep working at it, build on the progress we made in Portugal and Spain, and try to feel as one with the car.”
The 31-year-old is also well aware that Baku is one of the most unpredictable venues on the calendar, where anything can happen, and knows the stakes are high for McLaren, considering their current brilliant shape and the straight-line speed issues Ferrari is facing.
The Australian is therefore looking forward to the end of the week and will do everything he can to acquire as much confidence as possible, as soon as he will jump in the car on Friday morning.
“Monaco wasn’t my weekend but I’m looking to bounce back. It’s been important to take time to reset and refocus before heading to Baku.”
“Baku is a really cool street circuit and one of those races where potentially anything could happen.”
“The track is known for having one of the longest straights on the calendar with three cars being able to run side-by-side as you head into Turn 1. Hopefully, we can get the car into the right window from the off on Friday and have a solid weekend.”