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Formula 1

Ricciardo admits summer break came at the right time: It hasn't been all roses

The McLaren driver has revealed it was nice to have a forced mental break from Formula 1 ahead of the second half of the season.

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Daniel Ricciardo admits the summer break came at a good time as it gave him a chance to reset for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after a difficult season so far.

Ricciardo is ninth in the Drivers' Championship having scored less than half of the points collected by his teammate Lando Norris at the halfway mark of his first F1 campaign with McLaren.

"It hasn't been all roses," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "But it's really just like the on-track [performance].

"But as far as me personally, in the team environment, it's been really good. It's just the results that obviously haven't been to what I would like.

"So to kind of just switch off and just escape and completely remove myself from the sport for two weeks was nice.

"I think as well when you step away you also get a chance to reflect on the good, the bad and just kind of reset and come at it now in the second half of the year with renewed energy and focus.

"I always enjoy those breaks. I think when the ball's rolling, it's cool to keep it going. But it was nice just to have that forced mental break."

Ricciardo celebrates his 200th Grand Prix this weekend, 10 years on from his debut in F1. The 32-year-old says he's simply focused on enjoying the event rather than looking for a result.

"I'm not really looking ahead as far as what result we're going to get, 'Are we going to get a podium, this or that?'" said Ricciardo.

"I think I'll arrive at each race just excited. Spa's an awesome track. It's one of the few tracks which is awesome, on a Saturday and a Sunday. It's a real racer's track.

"You can overtake if you've got a good car and you can really make a race of it. Hopefully the end result is a good one. But [I'll] just kind of take each day as it comes and enjoy being at one of the cool circuits."

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