Daniel Ricciardo has given one among his most painful interviews as his torrid yr at McLaren continues.
Ricciardo limped house in sixteenth place, forward solely of Nicholas Latifi who has additionally misplaced his race seat for 2023. Teammate Lando Norris completed a robust sixth.
Ricciardo seemingly averted all the main incidents and did not seem to have every other automotive troubles that may have defined his poor displaying – arguably his worst of the season.
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After the race, Ricciardo appeared on the verge of tears as he struggled to place into phrases his 2022 struggles.
“I don’t know what to say. Actually, it is 2022 … it has been the yr that it has been,” he stated.
“(I am) simply to this point off the tempo that … I merely cannot. Cannot lean on, cannot push, cannot get the outing of it.
“Additionally the consistency with the lap instances, it reveals that it truly is a wrestle, however to have such a giant margin once more, it stays a thriller.”
Beginning fifteenth, Ricciardo made up two locations on the primary lap by way of incidents in entrance of him. He was handed by Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu on successive laps earlier than pitting on lap 10.
He emerged in 18th – forward of solely Latifi – the place he would successfully keep till the second spherical of stops.
In reality after his second cease, Ricciardo ran plum final till he overtoookay Latifi with three laps to go.
Ricciardo stated whereas he beloved the US Grand Prix, he was glad to see the again of it.
“I like Texas, I like Austin, however that race itself for me was not pleasing,” he stated.
“While you suppose it could actually’t worsen, it does. I do not know I do not understand how I am persevering with to proceed as a result of painful is an understatement.”
He has three races left with McLaren, earlier than he is tipped to re-join Pink Bull subsequent yr as a reserve driver.
Former driver Jenson Button, now a Sky Sports activities F1 pundit, stated he was “unhappy” seeing the Australian working across the again of the sphere, however insisted Ricciardo hadn’t checked out.
“Daniel will all the time need to battle, but it surely’s simply not working for him in the intervening time,” he stated.
Button stated he did not like the concept of Ricciardo taking over a reserve position, and would favor to see him take a lesser drive – like Haas – the place he might doubtlessly show himself once more.
“I might relatively he was racing in Method 1 and in a crew that is additional down the grid, then he can show himself once more within the automotive, and perhaps get a drive additional up the grid,” he stated.
“However because the third driver, individuals will simply keep in mind his final race this yr.”
The F1 circus subsequent heads to Mexico Metropolis and Sao Paulo in Brazil, earlier than the season wraps up in Abu Dhabi.
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