McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo hopes the forgiving nature of the upcoming tripleheader at Paul Ricard and the Red Bull Ring will help fast-track his learning of the MCL35M.
Points-wise, Ricciardo is having his best season start since 2018. However, his 26 points pales in comparison to teammate Lando Norris’s total of 66, and the Aussie is behind both Ferrari drivers, meaning McLaren is fourth in the championship.
Coming into the tripleheader beginning this weekend, Ricciardo hopes the forgiving nature of Paul Ricard and the Red Bull ring will help him learn faster, as he can push the car without being punished.
“The frustrating thing is I kind of know what it needs,” Ricciardo said. “But it is just so hard to just get it right. And it’s just such a small window. So there’ll be a lap where I can do it.”
“But to repeat that 55 laps consecutively or whatever, that’s where it’s hard. And I think that’s why I’m glad just to finish the race and keep trialing and erroring, and all that sort of stuff.”
“So I’m looking forward to some open circuits, circuits that are a bit more forgiving of mistakes. And I think that’ll probably fast-track my learning in a triple-header just to keep some rhythm.”
“I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m kind of excited to go to Le Castellet, and just get obviously a fairly, I would say, basic track to maybe get away with a few more mistakes on,” Ricciardo continued
“The kind of familiarity of that, and then I guess a doubleheader in Austria will hopefully make this kind of learning phase a bit easier. But it is what it is. It’s obviously on a knife-edge, and I’m just trying to get the most out of it.”