Ricciardo reveals his race was affected by fuel saving

Daniel Ricciardo encountered fuel issues during the Qatar GP that hindered his progression through the field.

Details:

  • Ricciardo couldn’t make it to Q3 during Saturday qualifying, finishing at a dismal P14 compared to Lando Norris’ P6.
  • The Australian struggled to make up positions in the race and only finished P12, scoring no points for McLaren.

What he had to say:

  • “After the start, we had fuel saving from super early in the race. And I started doing what I thought was already a lot, and it was not enough.”
  • “So Tom [Stallard, race engineer] said: ‘You need to do more, you need to do more. It’s not enough and blah, blah, blah.'”
  • “To a point where I think at times we were losing probably two seconds a lap fuel saving. And with that, brakes get cold, tires get cold, and you lose grip as well, so it’s just kind of a downward spiral.”
  • “So we were fuel saving for I would say a good half of the race and that just took us way, way out.”
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