Daniel Ricciardo says the podium his team-mate Lando Norris achieved in the last race at Imola is ‘super motivating’ because he knows the car has the speed he needs and believes his performance will be better from race to race.
Ricciardo had a good start to the new season on the new team even though Norris finished ahead of him in both races, but the Australian says he expected it to take him a few races to fully get used to the new car and get the last few tenths out of it.
“The next race is Portimao and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car,” Ricciardo said. "Racing on that track is fun because it has some unique elements that you don't see in every race on the calendar."
“There is a good mix of fast and slow turns with different changes that make the track an exciting challenge. After passing some bends you can really feel the pressure in your stomach with sudden changes in inclination.
” "This weekend I want to continue to build on the progress we have made in the first two races and apply what we have learned in Imola." "We definitely got off to a good start to the season by winning points in the constructors' standings so I can't be too disappointed about that."
“There are some elements that I’m still getting used to and that will get better with more time behind the wheel. Lando's stand shows the potential of the car, which is super motivating. ” "This is only the third race and you can expect a lot more from me."
Norris is also looking forward to the track in Portugal where he qualified eighth last year, 0.005 s behind team-mate Sainz, but has not scored points as he finished only 13th with a lap behind. “I’m looking forward to returning to Portugal because it’s a track that added something different to last year’s calendar,” Norris said.
“The height changes on this track make it challenging to drive with a few blind turns. Last year, everyone struggled with grip after the track got new asphalt, so it will be interesting to see what it will be like this weekend.
” "I hope we can put a little more pressure this time." By all accounts this could be a successful season for McLaren given the two promising drivers they have in their roster