McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has explained what went wrong at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix and what they need to work on after the Woking-based team was among three outfits that failed to score points.
The Aussie driver has had a difficult run this season, as new regulations have caused a major shake-up on the grid.
Speaking after the race on Sunday, Ricciardo said: “Unfortunately, the track played a bit more to our weaknesses than our strengths, so yeah, what do you do. We’ll keep at it, there are a lot of things to observe, and address and we’ll keep our eyes forward.
“I think this track certainly played to our weaknesses. Lots of long corners, lots of long straights, so we’ve got to work on that.”
Adding to his disappointment on Sunday, Ricciardo was handed a time penalty for the advantage he gained running off the track at Turn 12 as he fought with the Haas of Kevin Magnussen after a late safety car.
“It is tough when you do a long race like that and don’t get in the points but what’s done is done, we’ll keep working,” he said.
“Barcelona, everyone will have a few updates, hopefully, ours sprinkle a little more juice on it than others and we’ll come back again.”
“Barcelona should suit us a bit more, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Barcelona played host to the teams back in February for pre-season testing, and with McLaren looking in good shape back then, there’s hope that next weekend’s run around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will bring points for the men in papaya.