McLaren explains Ricciardo's relative underperformance


Qualified on the third row on the starting grid of the Bahrain Grand Prix just in front of his teammate Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo was disillusioned in the race but he is not really responsible …

McLaren team clarified that a close examination of the Australian driver’s MCL35M revealed damage to the flat bottom that caused him to lose “A considerable amount of support. “

This damage was caused by contact with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri just after the restart during the fourth lap.

The Frenchman had collided with the rear of the McLaren and was forced to return to the pit to replace his front wing.

“I had the impression of being slower and slower as the Grand Prix unfolded, regrets Ricciardo. I was able to follow in Lando and Charles’s wake during the first medium stint, but as soon as we passed the hard tires I was dropped. “

“The car was unstable and I degraded the tires faster, he insists. Somehow, I was hoping my car was damaged to explain my lack of pace. “

“Despite the loss of support, Daniel used all his experience to limit the damage, welcomes McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl. This allowed the team to score some valuable points and we are now focused on the next race. “

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