Daniel Ricciardo is still resolute in believing that he will deliver for Mclaren, despite a dismal elimination in Q2 in today’s qualifying.
Smiling assassin Daniel Ricciardo was left unhappy today after getting knocked out in the second session in today’s qualifying hour.
Ricciardo’s struggles continued today as he couldn’t put a lap together to join teammate Lando Norris in Q3.
The performance left Ricciardo bewildered as to where he’s lost speed as a former winner in Monaco, plus he’s taken pole twice.
He usually goes well in the principality, yet Ricciardo is nine-tenths of a second slower than Norris. The 31-year-old refuses to think that he is that far off.
“I’m sure Lando’s fast, but I refuse to believe he’s a second quicker around here. And I don’t mean to say that against him.”
Ricciardo refuses to provide an excuse regarding that gap; “I would like to say ‘yeah, just not confident, still need to learn the car’…but not a second. Not around here.”
The Australian is searching for answers without knowing the full extent of the problems.
He added: “But, just all weekend, even crossing the line, a lot of laps I [did] felt good. [I] was like ‘that’s a good lap’, and I think at one point I was 1.2s slower than what Lando had just done. So no answers at the moment.”
Ricciardo still holds confidence in himself, and he will approach the issues with a positive mindset.
“I’m not going to bury my head in the sand and be like ‘fix it, I’m the best.’
“I still want to work at it. I’m sure there are still things I can improve, but this weekend’s been the biggest kind of anomaly of them all so far.”
Ricciardo must climb a steep mountain tomorrow from 12th on the grid in order to salvage a tough weekend.