Daniel Ricciardo admits his hand injury isn’t an excuse for poor US GP outing

Daniel Ricciardo made his first start since the Dutch GP replacing Liam Lawson, his substitute, at COTA.


Daniel Ricciardo admits his hand injury isn’t an excuse for poor US GP outing

Daniel Ricciardo (Via IMAGO)

Daniel Ricciardo had an underwhelming United States Grand Prix. He finished 17th in the race before being promoted to 15th post-race after disqualification for Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, still dead last. This was his first race back with AlphaTauri after recovering from an injury in the practice session at the Dutch GP.

He attributed his lack of performance to inadequate physical fitness rather than the injury to his wrist. He felt worse after the Sprint Race, which served as a warm-up for the main event. The eight-time race winner incurred damage in the last stint of the race when debris struck his brake duct and caused a loss of aerodynamic balance

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At best, we’re a top-10 car and when you put damage into it, we are certainly out of the points. Definitely most of our day today was misfortune, let’s say.

Ricciardo said, as reported by motosport.com

Ricciardo also claimed that the race was an especially demanding one physically and even suggested retiring the car after it was damaged. He remains confident that his performance will improve for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix. He has more inner confidence and is hoping to do better in race conditions.

Daniel Ricciardo mentions areas where teammate Yuki Tsunoda can guide him

Daniel Ricciardo had difficulty returning to racing in the United States Grand Prix. He felt that he probably had a lot to learn from his younger teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, to understand the car better. He mentioned that Tsunoda could guide him with time management and performance with the car in general.

Yuki Tsunoda (Via IMAGO)
Yuki Tsunoda (Via IMAGO)

So probably some things that I can learn from him from today’s race and maybe some, yeah, a little bit of time management and stuff like that,

After the Sprint race, Ricciardo said that there are some things he can improve in, such as start reflexes, saying he miscalculated drivers passing him into the first turn, which cost him positions. 

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