Daniel Ricciardo Suffers Q1 Failure, Says Still Not One With Car

Shloke Sarkar

Daniel Ricciardo had been hoping that he would be right in the mix for qualifying in the Portuguese Grand Prix after a positive Friday in Portimao. The events that followed shocked us all, with the Australian’s session lasting just 15 mins after failing to enter into Q2.

Having qualified sixth for both McLaren races, Ricciardo suffered a tricky start for the Portimao Grand Prix, struggling to match teammate Lando Norris, who was around a second quicker in qualifying. It seems though that he is still struggling to get into grips with his new machine.

The driver, who holds 7 Grand Prix wins to his name was understandably frustrated with this result, having qualified at P16, missing out on Q2 by some amount.

When asked about what happened, Ricciardo said: “I don’t really know at the moment, it happened so quickly. I guess in Q1 you get a few laps and certainly, the laps were tricky, especially going toward the last sector it was really hard to hang on.

But why we struggled, or why it was hard to put a lap together is not so clear at the moment.“There’s something for sure, some tenths left on the table, but it was tricky. 16th is grim. Certainly not a result I feel good about at all.

In contrast, team mate Norris managed a P7 qualification, with Ricciardo explaining that he is not able to drive the MCL35M on instinct, despite signs that things were moving in the right direction.

“It’s certainly still trying to get out of an old-style [of driving],” he admitted. “I’m still quite conscious of how I approach every corner, if you know what I mean.

I felt like yesterday I made a good step towards that. I certainly felt comfortable yesterday, or more comfortable than a couple of weeks ago. That’s why to be standing here now is pretty dark.” said Daniel Ricciardo.

Also Read: Qualifying Recap: Portuguese GP 2021

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