Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster'

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren can take away more "encouragement" from its performance in the Russian Grand Prix, despite... The post Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster' appeared first on F1i.com.

Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster'

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren can take away more "encouragement" from its performance in the Russian Grand Prix, despite the epilogue suffered by teammate Lando Norris.

Ricciardo concluded his day fourth on the track, just three seconds adrift of third-placed man Carlos Sainz, while Norris was left to ponder what may have been in seventh place after a belated switch to the intermediate tyres when the rain set in squandered his chances of success.

While there was heartbreak in the McLaren camp, Ricciardo felt there was a lot of encouragement to take away from the team's overall performance in Sochi.

"From a team point of view, the more I stand here and talk the more I understand Lando's race was a bit of a disaster at the end," Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.

"It could have been a first or a second by the sound of it. From a team, there is encouragement with performance.

"There could have been more points today but we will keep looking at it."

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Although Ricciardo struggled in the closing stages of the race as conditions worsened, his own decision to pit earlier than Norris for a set of inters proved timely and beneficial.

"Normally we are the best judge for that because we are the ones feeling the track," he explained.

"But I am not speaking about Lando's situation but for me, it was clear and in hindsight, one lap earlier was even better.

"We still probably didn't perfect it, but it was the right call."

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Revisiting the start of the race, Ricciardo said that his launch from P5 on the grid had been "too good", but a lack of a slipstream cut his momentum.

"I think it is tough here because it is such a long run to turn one so the launch was in a way too good," he explained.

"At one point I had to lift because I was going to lose the slipstream, so I lifted to tuck back in and then all the good work was undone. Maybe on another circuit that launch was more beneficial but that was good.

"I lost positions but I got Alonso and Lewis back so it was net-even in the end.

"Personally, some moments were good, some not so.

"I am still eager to find some speed in the car, I am not sure it was as comfortable a weekend as Monza, a bit tricky and a bit compromised on Friday and I don't think we ever got back on top of it, so we will keep working on it."

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Russell: P10 is where Williams 'deserved to finish' Russian GP

George Russell says that despite launching his race from third on the grid in Sochi, P10 at the... The post Russell: P10 is where Williams 'deserved to finish' Russian GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Russell: P10 is where Williams 'deserved to finish' Russian GP

George Russell says that despite launching his race from third on the grid in Sochi, P10 at the checkered flag was realistically where Williams deserved to finish.

After his impressive performance in qualifying, the Briton was a pre-race favourite to take the lead on the long run down to Sochi's Turn 2 thanks to his car's low-downforce set-up and top speed.

But as the third member of the unusual trio that led the race off the line, Russell wasn't able to overhaul at the start fellow young guns Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.

The Williams driver nevertheless held his own in third for the duration of his first stint on the medium tyre.

"We were the fastest car on the straight and that was really beneficial," commented Russell after the race. "It was a shame I couldn’t have done much more into Turn 1.

"Carlos was quite aggressive and he had the slipstream from Lando. So I was fighting my own battle but we were in a strong position holding P3 and I was proud we achieved that."

Unfortunately, Russell's switch to the hard tyre after 13 laps saw the future Mercedes driver dwindle down the order and forced to battle his way back up into the top ten which he readily achieved in the second half of the race.

But a switch to inters in the closing stages of the race when the track was hit with a downpour led to a challenging finale for the Williams charger.

"I really struggled on the inters at the end and I think – I don’t know about the others, but I think I was one of the few drivers on used inters because we used all of our tyres in qualifying," Russell said.

"I think we lost out a lot compared to the guys on the new tyres, because from the greasy conditions, the tyres were already like almost going to a slick."

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At the end of the day, Russell was satisfied with his race performance and delivering another point to his team.

"I don't think we could have expected much more to honest," he added. "We know the pace of the car, if we pitted early, if we pitted later, everybody else would have found a way around us.

"I don't think the race could have gone much better. We obviously could have dreamt of having an amazing result but that was not realistic and today we finished where we probably deserved to finish."

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