Following a roller coaster at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to the upcoming triple-header of races – starting in France before two Grand Prix in Austria – which he says will “fast-track” his progress at McLaren.
Ricciardo finished as ninth in Baku from P13 online, and while the McLaren driver has not hit the heights with his new team that new recruits Sergio Perez or Sebastian Vettel have at Red Bull and Aston Martin respectively, the Australian said he was just grateful to complete the race and look forward to first triple header in 2021.
Asked if he could comfort himself with his result from Azerbaijan, Ricciardo replied: “I can. Just to get laps in and complete the race – it sounds so basic – but just to keep learning with the car. I think There are moments in the race that took a little more out of it, but I think it’s important, and yes, a few points.
“I think in a race like this anything can happen. We could be podium, top five, or we could be in the wall on lap 1. So we take it, and [I’m] looking forward to a triple-header indeed. To get into a rhythm, get into three races in a row. A little more conventional, a little more drainage space will not hurt us. “
Daniel Ricciardo: In unpredictable Baku you can be ‘podium, top five or in the wall in round 1’
Honey Badger explained that three races in a row would help him grab the MCL35M and “fast-track” his progress, as Ricciardo is now 40 points behind teammate Lando Norris in the standings.
“When you try to learn any sport, the best way is to learn to practice and do it, and that’s the unique thing about our sport, we can not do it every day, we can not just go out tomorrow and go and running a few laps so I think having three consecutive weekends and putting the exercise in a row will quickly track my progress.
“We have the simulator and these things help, but in the simulator the walls do not hurt. So it is never quite the same,” he added.
McLaren left Baku just four points behind Ferrari in Constructor Championship, while Norris is fourth – behind Azerbaijan’s winner Sergio Perez – in the drivers’ position.