Nothing to do, the problems of Daniel Ricciardo driving the McLaren not only do they look much bigger than they might have looked at the start of the season, but they have to be solved by the Australian driver. The team has tried all the ways to meet the former Renault, but the weekend’s performances did not give positive feedback. Six times out of 11 Danny Ric has failed to enter Q3: then in the race he often manages to recover something thanks to the better pace of McLaren than the others in the scrum package, but it is always too little compared to the performance that Lando can find Norris.
Either the British is a phenomenon destined to make an era, or the Australian is not found with the MCL35M. As rosy as Norris’ future may be, it’s hard to believe he can give his teammate a second just for his qualities. There are also difficulties, or – if you like – Ricciardo’s demerits in understanding the car. It is up to him to adapt: the team, as confirmed by the racing director Andrea Stella, cannot help him. “The problem is the basic aerodynamic concept of the car, which is why the responsibility for adaptation lies with the driver. We are providing it with a fast car, but it has to be used in a certain way. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do at the moment“, Said the Italian ad Auto Motor und Sport. “I like to compare him to a musician: you can teach him the guitar but it takes time before he performs in a concert. But he is maintaining his positive attitude, and this is not so common for a rider who suddenly finds himself in those positions. That’s why I’m still optimistic about its future“.
“We see clearly what are the problems that Daniel is describing, and they have nothing to do with the individual parts, but with the characteristics of our car. In the end it is a combination of Daniel having to adapt to McLaren and a Lando who is in incredible shape. And this is why we see a lot of gap from time to time“Added team principal Andreas Seidl.