The Australian has struggled to match his teammate, Lando Norris, all season; and has been trying to adjust his driving style to the requirements of the MCL35M.
There have been constant signs of progress, and in Silverstone finished fifth, one spot behind Norris.
“It’s definitely still frustrating at times,” the Australian said. “But I’m probably past the point of getting frustrated. I think it’s a reality that I still need to find more. [el feeling con el MCL35M] and be at the height of the car. That’s probably the best way to put it. “
“So I guess it’s nothing new to me. I know and am aware that it will probably still be a process.”
“I didn’t panic at first, but I was aware that I was losing ground, and I was just trying to understand where I was losing it and what it takes to help me get those three or four tenths a lap.”
Ricciardo agreed that his solid weekend at Silverstone had been a morale boost, although he feels stronger one lap in qualifying than in the race.
“I’m definitely happy on paper, or happier, with the first top 5 of the year,” he said when Motorsport.com He asked him about his weekend on the English circuit.
“And Lando getting another top-five, so obviously those are good points for the team. I know Ferrari obviously had a strong weekend as well.”
“I think there is still some underlying rhythm. It’s strange because you would think that on a lap is where maybe I can miss the most, when you really push the car to the limit, and maybe in the race, with everything calmer, I can achieve more. .. “.
“But we have seen the opposite this weekend. In the race, when the car has a little fuel and starts to move more, that’s where I still have to get something extra. I think just the feeling and being able to put the car on. really on the razor’s edge it’s something I still can’t do that consistently. “
Ricciardo noted that being pressured by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz in the race he forced him to test his limits: “I think having Carlos really on top of me at the end, or for most of the race, and pushing myself a bit, somehow forced me to push the car more in some corners” .
“And I think it allowed me to feel a little bit more where that advantage is. That’s definitely encouraging. I know Carlos was definitely faster, but getting a top-five while I’m still like that is motivating.”
Ricciardo noted in Austria that he has to focus on himself and not his teammate’s pace, and says he is trying to maintain that focus.
“I mean, I’m sure I’ll still look through the data and see where I can improve. But yeah, in qualifying I had a good, let’s say, self-confidence. I felt pretty comfortable with the car and didn’t feel the need to be distracted. with him or the rivals. So I think it was a good weekend from a mentality point of view. “