Andreas Seidl has admitted that Daniel Ricciardo is improving day by day after a difficult start to the season, where he found it difficult to adapt to the new car.
Seild praised Ricciardo after the British GP, where Ricciardo was always very close to his teammate, Lando Norris. The Aussie driver managed to finish in P5 right behind Norris, after keeping Carlos Sainz behind for a great part of the race.
“There’s still things obviously to improve to match Lando,” said Seidl.
“But the important thing is that he’s making steps, feeling more comfortable with the car, both in qualifying and in the race. I would say that it was a big step forward compared to previous races, which is good.”
Daniel confirmed that he feels better with the car, but there is still room for improvement. Plus, he said that he might feel better on some tracks compared to others, and he will see how it goes in Hungary.
“I can only echo what Daniel said yesterday, I think himself will speak about a turning point if you can pull it off more often,” Seidl explained.
“And if he can repeat the same performance also in Hungary.
“In terms of specifics, it’s something that’s discussed and answered by Daniel, he just felt more comfortable even pushing the car at the limit.
“Probably the track layout suited him more as well here in Silverstone to stay confident and push the limit. And yeah, it’s important to show the same again in Hungary in two weeks.”
Ricciardo also said that after struggling in the first stint, he enjoyed the battle against Carlos after the pit stop.
“On paper, I’m happy with my first top-five of the year. Took a while, but better late than never,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.
“The first stint I could see the others just drive away, I didn’t have enough speed and so there’s still definitely some things to learn and improve and work on but, yeah, when I saw Carlos [Sainz] coming in that second stint, he caught me so fast and I was ready for the fight.
“But the pace he caught me, if I was a betting man or if I was watching from the outside, I guess he was the betting favorite!
Ricciardo concluded by saying that battling against the Ferrari driver helped him a lot to get even more confident inside his McLaren.
“But I certainly backed myself and I wasn’t going to go out without a fight and I think actually pushing to defend allowed me to stay on the limit and get a bit more comfortable with the car on the edge and so I learned a bit more from that.
“So [we’ll] keep going but happy with the points and both cars in the top five for the first time this year.”