Daniel Ricciardo says he had the best weekend of the year in Spain after finishing in sixth place although for a good start he defended most of the race from faster drivers, but believes he still has to find out some new things about his driving.
After two years at Renault, Ricciardo is still getting used to McLaren's MCL35M, and although he leads 3: 1 in a qualifying duel with Norris in the race, he managed to finish ahead of his teammate for the first time in four races.
The Australian started seventh, ahead of Perez who was in faster Red Bull and team-mate Norris, and at the end of the first lap he advanced two positions and was in fifth place after overtaking Ocon and Sainz who started fifth and sixth.
Although he managed to keep Perez in Red Bull for most of the race, the Mexican still managed to pass in the 45th lap while Ricciardo managed to keep Sainz in a faster Ferrari and finish sixth. “I had some good problems because my start was good and that brought me in front of a few faster cars so I had to defend myself almost the whole race,” Ricciardo said.
“With Checo, I did what I could, for as long as I could, but he managed to overtake me, and then I had Carlos behind me in the last quarter of the race. We didn't have the speed today, but it was nice to keep at least one faster car and combine a better weekend.
Ricciardo feels happier
"Personally, I'm happier, but we still have something to find in the car and I have to find something in myself. But it was a good weekend, definitely the best this year. ” “Obviously we are competitive for points, but we need that one more small step.
Ferrari was faster today, and it is obvious that Red Bull is fast. We still have some work to do, but all in all it was a well-executed weekend. ” "The team made good strategic decisions and I think the sixth place was the best possible result."
The next race of the season is in Monaco, a race in which Ricciardo won pole position in 2016, and pole position and victory in 2018, and there was no F1 race last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm excited to go there, it's been two years," Ricciardo said.
"It is a track that you do not normally have the privilege to ride, and we did not ride it last year. So I can't wait to go there. "