The McLaren Formula 1 team had two very strong weekends in a row in Monza and Sochi. The team scored an unexpected 1-2 in Italy, after which Lando Norris took his first pole position in Russia and could only be held back by Mother Nature. For Daniel Ricciardo, both races also seemed like a breakthrough: after a particularly difficult start with the McLaren team, the Australian won in Italy and finished fourth in Russia.
After weeks of living on a pink cloud, McLaren landed on the ground again in Turkey. The racing stable could not break any pots on the Istanbul Park. Lando Norris limited the damage somewhat with seventh place, but Daniel Ricciardo was eliminated in the first qualifying part on Saturday and finished outside the points a day later.
After the disappointment in Turkey, Ricciardo quickly turned his attention back to the front. The Australian does not want to dwell on the race at Istanbul Park for too long: “I don’t want to cross out the weekend, but let’s say that I do want to cross it out in the context of the upward trend,” Ricciardo said. Motorsport.com. “I don’t want us to lose our heads because of this. It was just one of those weekends that wasn’t good.”
“Hopefully we can gather some information and learn something from this. But I don’t want this weekend to affect our current momentum. It’s just one of those days. As long as we can learn from it.”
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The characteristics of the Istanbul Park clearly did not play into McLaren’s hands. For example, the MCL35M could not cope well with the long corners and the pressure on the front tires, something the team from Woking also struggled with in Zandvoort. Ricciardo therefore prefers to look ahead to the next race at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas, a circuit that is already one of the favorites of the McLaren driver.
“I think there are definitely a few corners where we will be strong,” the Perth driver looks ahead. “We should be okay in that first sector. Those fairly fast corners should suit us, I think. In all those hairpin bends we are also strong I think, we are normally good with braking. The last sector may be going to hurt us a little bit, but I think we can generally be competitive again there. Hopefully it’s just 38 degrees there, sweltering hot, everyone is sweating and we’re having a good time.”