F1 Fans Rage Against McLaren for Continued Qualifying Misfortunes As Daniel Ricciardo’s Radio Shatters Hearts

Published 05/08/2022, 1:03 PM EDT
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: (BILD OUT) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren F1 Team looks on during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 4, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo is having a rough season as the driver struggles to make an impact. The Honey Badger again had a poor Miami qualifying because of the troubling car.

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The McLaren duo had contrasting results in the Miami qualifying. Lando Norris secured P8 while the Aussie finished P14. The 32-year-old was frustrated after the Q2 elimination and even stayed silent after the session.

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The Honey Badger showcased an excellent pace in Q1. But he had to spend most of the Q2 in the pit because of an issue with his MCL36. His late run in the Q2 didn’t give him enough time to get the temperature in his tires.

Fans react to the disastrous Miami GP Qualifying for Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie was clearly not happy with the situation that he ended up in at the Saturday Qualifying in Miami. He didn’t say much even after his team informed him about the P14 qualifying over the radio. But the F1 fans also got furious at the orange outfit for the disappointing Miami Qualifying for Ricciardo.

 

The F1 fans support the Australian driver and don’t hold him responsible for the poor result.

They instead took digs at the Woking-based team for not providing a proper car to Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo’s struggle continues in Miami GP

The 2022 season isn’t sailing the way the Honey Badger wanted. The Aussie only finished top 10 once in the last four races. After the disappointing Imola GP, Ricciardo hoped to shine at the inaugural Miami GP, but those hopes crashed for Ricciardo with a Q2 elimination.

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Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren F1 during the qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

“The first run we lost a lot of time through the second sector, so there were a couple of things which we were looking to address for the second run..” Ricciardo reported after the qualifying, “But then we had an issue in the garage starting the car which delayed us getting out at the right time. This compromised the out-lap, and then it was all just too compromised from there. It was unfortunate and cost us Q3, and that was that.”

Meanwhile, his teammate Lando Norris is outperforming him in the 2021 season. The young Brit has finished top 10 three times in the last four races, including the third-place finish in Imola. And now he has qualified P8 for the Miami race.

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Undoubtedly, it would be a tough challenge for Ricciardo to move up in the positions during the race. Further, this new and unfamiliar circuit might add to Ricciardo’s troubles. Let’s see what The Honey Badger does in the Miami GP.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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