Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren F1 missed the Q3 advance again at the F1 Styrian Grand Prix and finished the qualifying in 13th place.
Among the transfer teams this year, Daniel Ricciardo is by far the most struggling to respond to the new environment.Saturday was an even tougher day for Ricardo as he set the second fastest time in Free Practice 2 on Friday and showed signs of recovery.
Daniel Ricciardo was 17th in the third free run. Teammate Lando Norris was 19th, as a result of his best time being eliminated by exceeding the track limit.
But when qualifying began, Daniel Ricciardo’s best lap in Q2 was 0.5 seconds behind Lando Norris. The short Red Bull Ring is nearly 1% slower. Lando Norris set the fourth fastest time and started the final on the third grid with a penalty from Valtteri Bottas.
Daniel Ricciardo will be eliminated in Q2 and will start on the 13th grid.
“I lost a lot of speed overnight,” says Daniel Ricciardo.
“It wasn’t just qualifying that was slow … I had already started inferior this morning and I felt like the speed I had yesterday has disappeared today.
“I didn’t expect to compete for Paul here since yesterday, but it’s no exaggeration to say that I didn’t expect to be here today. Qualifying didn’t work and I made a change that didn’t work. If so, I can say that I messed up the qualifying, but it was one of the other things that was a bit difficult to understand at this point because it was late all day. “
Daniel Ricciardo said it was even harder to understand the pace difference with Lando Norris, given that Friday’s lap times were easy to get on a machine that wasn’t “perfect.”
“Sure, there’s a bit of setup, but … I didn’t think it was a perfect car yesterday, but I had a lap time,” said Daniel Ricciardo.
“Today I felt like I was driving the car to the limit in some areas. I felt off course and I couldn’t run fast. I felt I was pushing the car but it was pretty slow everywhere. “
“Looking at the land data. Now the overlays are displayed even during qualifying, and literally every corner was” slow, “” slow, “” slow, “and” slow. “
“After yesterday, I started to understand what it meant, and it’s a day like today. It’s like,’Why ?!'”
“It’s certainly frustrating. This sport is. I want to understand and find the speed of tomorrow … but yesterday seems to be a long time ago.”
1. 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Honda) ―― 1: 03: 841
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.194
3. 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.226
Four. Lando Norris (McLaren) +0.279
Five. Sergio Perez (Red Bull Honda) +0.327
6. Pierre Guthrie (Alpha Tauri Honda) +0.395
7. 7. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +0.631
8. 8. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri Honda) +0.673
9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +0.733
Ten. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) +0.867
11. George Russell (Williams)
12. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
13. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
15. 15. Antonio Jobinati (Alfa Romeo)
16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
17. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
18. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
19. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
Formula 1 BWT Grand Prix of Styria 2021
Category: F1 / Daniel Ricciardo / McLaren