Daniel Ricciardo admits it was difficult for him to match the pace set by teammate Lando Norris during the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Australian stating he couldn't push the tyres as much as he would have liked.
The Australian brought his McLaren home in seventh spot, one place lower than his qualifying position, while Norris was able to climb up three spots and finish fourth. Ricciardo stated he struggled with his tyres when he tried to push, which prevented him from matching the pace set by his teammate.
"I think the weekend as a whole was pretty good," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and others. "I think qualifying six, finishing seventh is good. There was good consistency with the team and good points as well with Lando in fourth.
"If I look at his race I didn't didn't have the pace to match [him]. As the race went on, it felt more difficult for me to keep up. Every time I tried to push I was basically killing the tyres. I couldn't keep that level and still maintain the consistency.
"But obviously that's probably [related] to the driving and the setup. So it'll be a two way process now to learn and do some homework and give feedback to the team on what I feel is missing.
"For the first race you want to take everything in all the time, but it's not a bad weekend."