The McLaren team will try to find out why Daniel Ricciardo lacked pace last weekend at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the Australian finishing the F1 race in a lowly 13th place outside the points. The reality this is simply a precursor to the team from Woking giving the Australian his marching orders, soon to be announced publically.
Daniel Ricciardo was 14th on the grid at the British Grand Prix and managed to gain only one race position on Sunday despite six retirements. The McLaren driver explained after the finish of the tenth round of the year that his car had absolutely no pace, while a DRS failure further penalised him in the second half of the race.
“The car just didn’t seem to be running at the same level of grip as the others. I could also feel it through the tyres when I was trying to maintain speed,” said Daniel Ricciardo after the race finish.
“It’s strange, so we’ll have to investigate that. Then I had a DRS problem, which meant I couldn’t use it after lap 31 of the race, which is also a bit of a shame.
Obviously it’s very difficult to overtake without it, but generally speaking we weren’t quick enough, it was a lonely afternoon.”
On the team management side, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl explained that Daniel Ricciardo was never able to set competitive lap times throughout the weekend and that an “in-depth analysis” will take place this week ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix to try to understand “what was wrong with the Australian’s car”.
“Daniel’s weekend did not go as planned, which will require an in-depth analysis over the next few days. He was unable to set competitive lap times yesterday [Saturday’s qualifying] and today [Sunday’s race]. In addition, he experienced a DRS failure which necessitated an extra pit stop mid-race and forced him to run without DRS in the second half of the race,” said the German.
After the British Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo is thirteenth in the drivers’ championship with 15 points so far this year, while his team-mate Lando Norris has already scored 58 points.
Obviously, this is simply not good enough, and the team has had enough. Ricciardo has underperformed continuously throughout his tenure at the Woking based team with even McLaren CEO Zak Brown alluding to Ricciardo being dropped sooner rather than later.
It is understood that during the summer break, a new driver will be announced with Daniel Ricciardo leaving McLaren, and most likely, leaving Formula 1 entirely. Quite who will replace the Australian is yet to be understood.
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