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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo hoping for improvement after 'sad' Silverstone race

The British Grand Prix was yet another race where Daniel Ricciardo had a disappointing showing, with the Australian complaining of a lack of grip and a DRS issue.

Ricciardo Silverstone
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Daniel Ricciardo has called his British Grand Prix a "sad one" after he again finished well outside the points in 13th place.

The Australian was slow all weekend long at Silverstone, having qualified only 14th, and lamented his lack of grip around the Northamptonshire track.

"A pretty sad one," Ricciardo responded to media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked for his assessment of the race.

"Once the race got restarted, I just struggled with grip.

"[I] simply didn't feel like I was operating at the same level of grip as the others, and was getting eaten up and couldn't really do anything about it, and then that seemed to be our pace for the race."

DRS fault for Ricciardo at Silverstone

The McLaren driver acknowledged that a faulty DRS (Drag Reduction System) mechanism partially explained his slow pace on Sunday.

"Something felt a bit off, and then I remember braking into Turn 6 and the car was all over the place," he continued.

"I thought I had a puncture, so when I went to look at the rear tyre, I saw the DRS was open, so we had a failure there.

"But then, obviously, we couldn't use it, because of the fear that it would get stuck open again, so at the end, on the restart, I couldn't really attack the cars.

"But simply, we weren't fast, so hopefully we find something. It's a quick turnaround for Austria, but hopefully we can find something."

			© Rn365/Michael Potts
	© Rn365/Michael Potts

Ricciardo has "no idea" on Austria prospects

Ricciardo has endured a dismal 2022 so far, finishing in the top ten only twice and being comprehensively overshadowed by teammate Lando Norris, who has 58 points to Ricciardo's 15.

Asked whether his MCL36 would fare better around the Red Bull Ring in a week's time, Ricciardo issued a muted projection.

"Honestly, this year, I have no idea," said Ricciardo.

"It's been so up and down. I can't predict anything this year. Obviously, today was not a good race and we certainly struggled.

"I hope to find reasons for that. If so, then I think we'll go into Austria a bit more confident.

"If not, then hopefully, we'll just put it on track there and find that we have more grip than we did today."

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