Ricciardo: Miami track surface “made it hard to keep a clean race”

Daniel Ricciardo at the Miami GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Daniel Ricciardo admits that the the surface of the Miami International Autodrome made racing more challenging.

The surface of the Miami track made an impact on how the past race weekend unfolded. Some sections had to be repaired throughout the weekend. Furthermore, the drivers complained about lack of grip at the newly-built race track.

When asked if the surface was good enough for F1, Ricciardo said: “I want to say no, but, obviously, that could just be us being too spoiled.

“But let’s say, for what we have been used to – let’s just put it like that – it’s certainly a little more outback spec.

“It reminds me of some of the surface that I’ve got on my farm in Australia, that loose Australian gravel. In an off-road car, it’s fun, but these Pirelli [tires] aren’t quite as switched on to this loose tarmac.

“It would be nice if it was a little different and we could use more of the track. When you’re following someone, you want to run a little wide and cut back, criss-cross. When you try to criss-cross, you’re off track.

“I saw people trying to make a move and crashing, like with [Sebastian] Vettel, [as] there was no grip on the inside. It made it hard to keep a clean race.”

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