Daniel Ricciardo seemed to come back even stronger and faster after the summer break, as he said that he felt more comfortable in his McLaren.
The Aussie driver managed to qualify in P4 in very tricky conditions at Spa, and he also finished fourth in the race since the latter never started.
“I think having the break was a good thing, yes, it was a time to just step back and even during the season, even if you got a weekend off, you’re kind of still in it, where the forced shutdown forces you to forget about the sport for a bit and just remove yourself, and look from a kind of a different point of view. And that was cool to just kind of step back and come into Spa with, yes, I’ll simply just call it a fresh approach.
“I was building up to it. Qualifying, Q1 was a bit off, Q2 was a bit better and Q3 was a step again, so you know, I still wouldn’t say I’m maximizing everything but it was a step in the right direction – so [I’m] happy to have another couple in quick succession with here and Monza next week,” he added.
Ricciardo also said that he is excited to go back to Zandvoort and drive on the remodeled track.
“I’m excited, for sure. You’d think as a driver, I’ve raced here in ’09 – so quite a lot of time ago now – and I don’t remember that much of the circuit. We did some prep before coming here to refamiliarise but I think going in F1, like getting into a new circuit again, trying to learn a couple of techniques and a few tricks around a new track is always exciting; it’s fun, and you’re trying to do like some problem-solving in a way, to figure out the best line, what curb to take, and that’s fun,” he explained.
“Doing the track walk this morning was cool as [there are] some different corners, I would say – some that we don’t get on other tracks around the world and some of the banking and the direction changes are cool, quite high speed.
“For now, just excited to be able to drive a car quite fast around here,” he concluded.