Spanish GP: Daniel Ricciardo Compares Qualifying to Monza 2019 F1 Debacle

Published 05/08/2021, 1:53 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Although Daniel Ricciardo qualified on a respectable seventh place on the grid in qualifying, ahead of his McLaren teammate, Lando Norris, it could have been a lot more for him if not for the traffic which impeded him from making his final run as time ran out.

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With 20 seconds remaining before the chequered flag went out, Ricciardo was on his warm-up lap. He was the last in order of a tale of cars, and in the end, he couldn’t make it in time. It was déjà vu for him as he faced a similar situation a couple of years ago at the 2019 Italian GP.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix , Italy – April 16, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

All the cars were close behind each other to benefit from their tow. This leaves Ricciardo particularly disappointed because he felt that the fourth position was there for taking.

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“It is what could have been because on the last run we ran out of time. It was a little bit of a Monza scenario from a couple of years ago,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. (via GP Fans)

“I think it was only a tenth to fourth and a tenth is always there, especially when I am still trying to get on top of the car but nevertheless, a much better day. Happier, even from yesterday and progress means positivity.”

Daniel Ricciardo finds the ‘narrative’ of his McLaren struggles ‘funny’

A lot has been made of the Australian’s apparent struggles. Especially since he had to swallow his pride and let his McLaren teammate, Lando Norris, through in Imola. So, he’s relieved that he can shut his critics off with his qualifying performance.

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“It is funny, the narrative has been that I have taken time to get up to speed and all the while Lando has been driving exceptionally well. These two factors have been challenging, so from that note it has been a more positive day,” said Ricciardo.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021, in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

While he’s had the upper hand over Norris in qualifying, the Briton has convincingly overpowered him on Sundays. Naturally, he would be looking to turn a corner tomorrow in Barcelona.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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