The Australian has confronted a troublesome few months within the shadow of Lando Norris, and has scored solely 19 factors to the 76 of his McLaren teammate.
He now has the added complication of McLaren’s curiosity in Oscar Piastri having reached the general public area up to now few days, leaving his personal long-term plans unclear.
Ricciardo hopes to make use of the day without work to clear his head and return in robust type after the summer season break for the preliminary run of races in Spa, Zandvoort and Monza.
“To be sincere, switching off usually provides me like a pure reset,” he mentioned after final weekend’s Hungarian GP.
“To a degree the place I think about in say 10 days, two weeks into the break, I’d have form of acquired the vacation out of my system, after which I will construct that starvation again once more.
“So I will naturally give it some thought, after getting day without work. That is usually the way it works for me.
“Once more, exit with buddies, drink some beers, have enjoyable. After which I will get to the purpose the place I begin to not really feel responsible, however identical to alright, time to show it on once more. After which it is form of a pure change that may come again most likely after 14 days.
“A bit like final yr, [I want to] form of begin that second half of this season with a optimistic bang and simply to get the ball rolling. The triple header, it is intense.
“So I believe come out and set some robust intentions. That is the plan. Clearly, it is simpler mentioned than performed. However that is actually the plan.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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Reflecting on the primary half of the season, Ricciardo admitted that the MCL36 is likely one of the tougher F1 automobiles that he’s drive to this point.
“Definitely, probably the most,” he mentioned. “I bear in mind the place in a race stint you can do 20 laps and you can keep inside three tenths most likely for a 20-lap stint at instances, and form of simply be very in management.
“I really feel like stint variation is lots larger this yr. I will see what the opposite guys are doing. However perhaps it is simply me, or perhaps it is the entire discipline, however I will be stunned if you happen to see somebody doing like 0.1s, 0.1s, 0.1s. 0.2s, 0.1s, and so I believe they’re simply tougher to supply.”
Requested if he felt on prime of the automotive but, he mentioned: “There’s some laps, which I will put collectively, and form of make sense. And I am like, that was candy. However then a few laps later, I’d drop 4 tenths or one thing, after which I am like, ughh…
“It is not so easy, like a dot-to-dot, there’s some hurdles earlier than attending to the following dot. And in order that’s just a little sophisticated.
“I assume when it is on extra of a knife-edge or when there’s extra variables, that is the place it begins to develop into that step tougher.”