Daniel Ricciardo has said he’s getting to grips with the McLaren after a strong Silverstone round where he finished fifth.

The Australian now lies eighth in the world title, just behind Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari, with his fifth in Silverstone being his first top five since Sakhir last season. Ricciardo is very happy about his performance, believing he is getting there with his McLaren, though he was disappointed with his opening stint.

“On paper a better weekend and good to get some points home,” he said. “First stint… I struggled quite a bit, wasn’t quick enough, and lost touch with the guys in front and then really just – Carlos, behind me the whole race – and he caught me so quick in that second stint and put a lot of pressure on me.”

“The rate he caught me, I wasn’t convinced I would hold him off until the end. I just thought they were too quick for us. Kept it clean, managed to hold him off, so from that point of view, I was happy.”

“It’s getting there. I’m still not super quick, let’s say, and getting more comfortable, but there is certainly still some parts of the race and moments where I’m like just still not quite there, I won’t expect it overnight but I’m certainly going to keep working harder.”

Ricciardo is 63 points off his teammate, but is on course to beat his 2020 total of 119 points if he keeps getting quicker.

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