After the race in France, it looked like McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo had sorted out the pace woes he had been experiencing ever since changing teams at the start of the season. He even had a couple of great practice sessions only to get knocked out in Q2 of the Styrian GP. He then made a great start in the race, making up several position on the first lap. With strategy on his side, it looked like he could once again finish strongly. However, a loss of power undid all his good work and he eventually finished outside the points. Ricciardo has now described his heartbreak while speaking to the media after the race
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Ricciardo Wants Help From “Someone Somewhere, Anywhere”
Daniel began by explaining why it was disheartening
“It was disheartening because I had such a great start, and I was on a preferred strategy with the mediums. It felt like the cars ahead would have struggled on the softs and we were in a really good position - 13th to 8th - so it was all there ahead of us. Then I lost power”
He revealed that he lost power for only a short period of time but it was at such a crucial juncture of the race that it had a big impact
“I felt it out of Turn 1, and then I got some switches and we were able to recover it by Turn 7 or Turn 8. But everyone I passed on Lap 1 I waved back past me. Then you’re in the train and that’s it, afternoon done”
He then spoke about his probable finishing position had the issue not occurred
“We were ahead of [Carlos] Sainz on the same strategy, and he finished sixth. I think that was us. We could’ve been fifth and sixth again as a team. When it is low it is really low, the sport. This was one of those days that I really did not love it”
He further explained how the power issue’s unpredictable nature and the fact that it did not happen again for the rest of the race made it difficult to cope with for him and the team
“[It came] out of the blue, so for now I don’t know what it was. I’m not the only one hurting. I’m sure that they feel the pain as well. The weekend went from bad to worse, and it is just one of those ones. It was fine after that, so in a way that is kind of what sucks even more”
He signed off by looking forward to the second race at the Red Bull Ring this Sunday
“As much as I want to swipe out of the paddock, I’m glad that we get another chance. It can only be better both Saturday and Sunday. So, I look forward to coming back and trying again and trying to get a bit of help from someone somewhere, anywhere”
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has explained that their pace “is unfortunately at the moment track specific; [and they] haven’t really found a solution for the reasons for [their] Paul Ricard struggles”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff pointed out that “Red Bull brought trucks and vans on Thursday and Friday with new parts” to Austria
He added that its “fair enough, it’s a strategy, and one that proves to be successful as it stands because they were simply in a league of their own from a car pace [perspective]”
F1’s managing director Ross Brawn has suggested that “this is the fascinating thing about F1. Sometimes you win races you shouldn’t win. Sometimes you don’t win races you should win”
“It did feel at the beginning of the year that Red Bull, who were a very slick operation, fumbled a bit. But now they are back up to speed” Brawn added
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso thinks that they “are maybe not as good as a top 10 finisher, so [they] got lucky at the beginning [of the Styrian GP] with Gasly and Leclerc colliding”
He added that “it’s challenging for [their] package this circuit. Unfortunately, [they] race two times here, so [they] need to find something for next weekend”
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has stated that they “have learned from [their] mistakes. Mercedes made such a move last year with the engine, but Honda has responded this year”
“In terms of power source, [they] are more or less equal. Also, the car itself is now competitive from day one”, Marko added
Marko also feels that Mercedes “do funny things. They complain about [Red Bull’s] rear wing, pit stops and about all sorts of things”
“If Mercedes don't do it themselves, they'll use a team like Aston Martin to do it”, Marko suggested
Honda Racing F1 director Masashi Yamamoto has labeled the Styrian GP as “a brilliant win by Max at Red Bull's home circuit, his fourth of the year and fifth for the team”
He also pointed out that “the victory at the Styrian GP is Honda's fourth consecutive win, something [they] haven't done since [their] "golden age" in 1991”
Can Honda repeat their championship-winning success of the 1991 season?
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