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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo: There's still more to come from me

The McLaren driver says he is still not fully comfortable with his car despite winning last time out at Monza.

Ricciardo victory
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Daniel Ricciardo believes there is "still more to come" from himself, despite his victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo struggled in the first half of the 2021 Formula 1 season but appears to have turned things around since the summer break.

McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl reckons the four-week break came at the right time for Ricciardo.

"I'm closer, definitely closer,” Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press, when asked whether he was where he wanted to be.

"I think there is still more to come. I don't know if you will ever find anything, but that's obviously the way the sport is. The sport evolves and changes and you are trying to keep up with it.

"Inside myself I've felt better since the second half of the season and that doesn't always need to translate into lap times. It's just me throwing the car round, feeling a bit more comfortable with it, that's stuff I know.

"I don't think all of it has translated yet into the stopwatch, but there is certainly a bit more comfort and confidence that's coming through from myself. I [will] just look to keep building on that."

The Australian led a McLaren 1-2 from teammate Lando Norris at Monza, which came seven days after a disappointing race at Zandvoort where they scored just one point.

The power-sensitive nature of the Sochi Autodrom for this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, on paper, suits the McLaren car.

Ricciardo is looking for a consistent set of results in the remaining eight races of the season.

"I think we will get tracks that suit [us], some that don't," said Ricciardo. "But I would like to think in the second half of the season there will be some more consistency and hopefully more of these type [Monza] of results."

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