Q1 elimination “feels dark” for Ricciardo · RaceFans

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021

Daniel Ricciardo was mystified by his performance in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix after dropping out in the first round.

The McLaren driver lapped over a second slower than team mate Lando Norris in Q1. Ricciardo missed the cut for Q2 by 91 thousandths of a second, to Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.

“I don’t really know what happened,” said Ricciardo. “My laps were tricky, especially towards last sector. But why? Its not clear.”

Ricciardo went into his third weekend at McLaren hoping to show he has made more progress with his new car. But his 16th on the grid will be his worst starting place since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I left a few tenths on the table,” he admitted. “P16 is certainly not a result I was dreaming about at all.”

He admitted he still hasn’t been able to adapt his driving style to the unfamiliar car.

“I think I’m trying to get out of my old style,” said Ricciardo. “I’m quite conscious about how I approach every corner. I thought I’d made a step towards that yesterday – felt more comfortable. Feels dark to be here today. I’ll sleep it off.”

Ricciardo qualified sixth for the previous two races this year. Norris reached Q3 today in the other McLaren.

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