The Australian put in his finest efficiency of the yr in Mexico Metropolis final weekend, utilizing a profitable medium/mushy tyre technique that gave him the tempo to cost as much as seventh place – whereas negating a 10-second penalty for colliding with Yuki Tsunoda.
The race got here only a week after one among Ricciardo’s most disappointing outings of the season in Austin, the place he completed a lowly sixteenth, 10 locations behind teammate Lando Norris.
Ricciardo admitted that it was the primary time he had felt so comfy with the 2022 automobile.
“I assume higher late than by no means,” he stated. “I’ll take at present for what it’s, I’ll get pleasure from it and admire that we did our tempo and it was superior and no matter.
“I hope it implies that it will be like that the subsequent two races. To not be destructive, I do not even need to look forward, I simply need to take at present for what it’s. And hopefully we have discovered one thing from it.
“Even the factors finishes, even most likely final yr, I really feel we had been usually defending moderately than attacking. So simply to have an attacking race, and particularly for me with this automobile to really feel like I can assault a bit bit extra with it, it is only a good feeling.”
Explaining his turnaround in kind, Ricciardo was happy to bounce again in type after feeling so pissed off after the US race.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos
“In fact, it is not typical in a spot like Austin for me to really feel like that,” he stated after the flag in Mexico. “There’s a lot about that weekend that I really like. So it needs to be fairly unhealthy for me to really feel like that in a spot like that.
“It is simply there’s been quite a lot of instances the place I’ve felt a bit bit like a passenger in a means, I simply really feel like I’ve labored with such little grip that no quantity of expertise goes to get the job finished, if you recognize what I imply. In order that’s the place it is simply I felt a bit bit helpless at instances.
“So you are feeling like you may’t present actually something that you’ve, since you’re simply not working on the extent of the others. So at present to type of have the ability to at the least lean on it and push and have tempo and be a man that is setting fast instances makes me pleased.
“I want it might have been like this extra usually. However I am going to take at present and luxuriate in it, and I am pleased we have per week off, so I can get pleasure from it for per week.”
Requested by Autosport if he felt that he’d proved a degree, Ricciardo stated: “I nonetheless know I can [get the job done], it is arduous when you may’t do it week in and week out.
“It is a bit like [Sebastian] Vettel these previous couple of races, he did phenomenal races, after which persons are questioning, is it time to retire?
“I believe all of us can nonetheless do it on our day. Clearly, it is simply the consistency for no matter cause. However I nonetheless find it irresistible. And I nonetheless need to get to the entrance.”