Ricciardo thinks his Q2 lap was “all I could do”

Daniel Ricciardo seen during the FIA Formula One World Championship 2021 in Spielberg, Austria on June 27, 2021 // Red Bull Content Pool.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo admitted that his disappointing Q2 lap was all he could do, after failing to reach Q3 for the sixth time this season for McLaren.

Despite being seemingly close behind teammate Lando Norris, Ricciardo was 11th fastest in Q2, missing out Q3 by just 0.077s, being 0.486s slower than Norris, who was 2nd fastest in Q2.

“At least with what I could feel, it felt like pretty much all I could do. A couple of bits here and there, but I felt like the lap was decent, and when it feels alright and you still don’t get into Q3, that’s what’s obviously a bit painful,” Ricciardo admitted.

“It was close to get into Q3 but [what’s frustrating] was probably more that the lap felt alright.”

A positive outcome from the Q2 exit was the availability of a tire choice for tomorrow’s race, which Ricciardo said is a positive for tomorrow, despite all the troubles. He also added, stating that he was looking forward to the summer break to reset after a tricky start with McLaren.

“I’ll keep trying, keep doing homework, that’s all. Let’s see what happens tomorrow and then I’ve got the summer break to switch off for a bit.”

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