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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo shares impact of hand injury on 'rusty' F1 return

The Australian is back driving after suffering a broken hand at the Dutch Grand Prix back in August.

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Daniel Ricciardo is not feeling any effects of his hand injury on his return to Formula 1 at the United States Grand Prix - but did admit to feeling "rusty."

The AlphaTauri driver has been on the sidelines since the Dutch Grand Prix, where a practice crash broke the metacarpal in his left hand, with Liam Lawson deputising.

After the layoff of five Grands Prix, the eight-time race winner returned to action at the Circuit of the Americas, and qualified 15th for the main race, but improved to 11th for the Sprint Shootout.

In the Sprint itself, Ricciardo was battling Esteban Ocon's Alpine in the closing laps over 11th place, coming home within a second of his former team-mate, and beat current one Yuki Tsunoda 4.224s.

Reflecting on his comeback, Ricciardo admitted that his race sharpness was understandably lacking.

Ricciardo's return

"I feel like I gave it the right amount of time to come back and feel confident with it, so the hand has not affected me this weekend.

"[The Sprint] was better and I hate saying this because I am very experienced, but this year I am not very experienced, and there was a little big of rust.

"Like there were a few decisions on track where I was like: 'Oh, I should know better' but it is learning for the [Grand Prix].

"It was nice to be back out there and I think I made a really good step from qualifying to the [Sprint Shootout].

"I apologised for another P11 because the kind of joke within the team is that someone is always qualifying P11.

"Q3 is obviously the target for us, normally it is quite a big achievement, we always seem to be a little short, but was pretty happy with the lap [in qualifying]."

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