Sainz strain helped Ricciardo get extra aggressive
Daniel Ricciardo believes the strain he had from Carlos Sainz within the British Grand Prix compelled him to push his McLaren greater than he was comfy with and was key to securing his first top-five end for the workforce.
Sainz left McLaren for Ferrari over the winter with Ricciardo changing him, however since his transfer from Renault the Australian has struggled relative to teammate Lando Norris. Nevertheless, Ricciardo held off Sainz for a lot of the race at Silverstone final Sunday to complete fifth and he believes the very fact he needed to push his automobile tougher than he’d wish to if he wasn’t defending a place truly helped him discover extra efficiency inside himself.
“A number of strain from Carlos the entire race,” Ricciardo famous. “He tried to overcut me however I heard he had a gradual pit cease so it gave us observe place once more. He caught me so quick — I believed I might battle as onerous as I may however when you stated I might maintain him off for 25 laps, I’m not certain I might’ve been satisfied.
“I used to be undoubtedly prepared for the battle. It’s good as a result of in the meanwhile I’m nonetheless not utterly 100% with the automobile and being aggressive with it. Having to defend compelled me to drive slightly over the restrict at instances and that helps with my confidence and feeling within the automobile.
“So, being compelled to do this — drive slightly bit out of my consolation zone — allowed me to really feel the automobile a bit extra and I truly took some confidence from that. So it was good to have the strain. Good to carry him off, and I’m proud of the factors and the outcomes, however now I’ll maintain performing some homework and attempt to discover extra pace.”
Regardless of the season-best consequence, Ricciardo says he doesn’t assume it’s a race that has flicked a change for him and expects to should work onerous to seek out additional positive aspects.
“I’m nonetheless not tremendous fast, let’s say. I’m getting extra comfy however there’s definitely some elements of the race and moments the place I’m like, ‘Ahhh… Simply not fairly there.’ It’s getting there — I’m creeping up on it. It’s taken 10 races to get a top-five, so I’m conscious that’s nonetheless most likely going to be a gentle course of. I gained’t count on it in a single day however I’m definitely going to maintain working onerous at it.”