The McLaren ace driver, Daniel Ricciardo managed to finally start showing his calibre after managing to be placed sixth on the final grid of the British Grand Prix. Ahead of the race day Ricciardo praised the two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for his racecraft and managed to reveal that on multiple occasions he has realised the same as the grid moves along.
Those who are not aware Alonso produced one of his famed first-lap runs by overtaking six cars at the start of the shortened ‘race’, moving himself up from P11 to P5 in the early stages. While he was eventually overtaken by both McLaren cars, the Alpine driver will start P7 in Sunday’s British Grand Prix after showing his knack for making his way through the field.
What Was Opinionated by Daniel Ricciardo on Fernando Alonso’s racecraft?
Although Fernando Alonso received some criticism for weaving down the straights, but Ricciardo felt the Spaniard was one of the key reasons behind a successful first test of sprint qualifying.
“I actually congratulate him for making [sprint qualifying] pretty exciting,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. “His start was phenomenal, kept us on our toes. I think as well, it’s cool to see there’s always the question, like with any sport, is age a factor?
“I think his racecraft this year has probably been the best on the grid – at least at times. It’s cool to see that. If you’ve still got a passion and a real drive for it, you can keep doing it at a very high level.”
Having said that, Honey Badger has shown improvement over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend, getting closer to team-mate Lando Norris and starting from the third row on Sunday alongside his fellow McLaren driver.
While Ricciardo is still lagging behind in the Drivers’ Championship, he said he feels more at ease with his car at Silverstone. “It’s definitely been a better weekend,” he said. “Austria didn’t feel bad, it’s just that [I] was just nowhere. This weekend I think we just started on the right footing. In qualifying yesterday I felt like we had a good car and it gave me confidence to push.