Team McLaren had a disappointing Sunday.
Expecting a difficult race since the circuit and weather did not suit their vehicle and they lost all chances to compete for points when Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly tangled..
From Daniel Ricciardo's starting position in the back half of the grid, and with the pace of his car, Ricciardo couldn't get back into the top ten - despite giving it his all.
Ricciardo comments, "It felt like an eventful race."
He continues, "Here were some battles and also moments of fun but it felt like we were defending more than attacking. We were trying our best to hold on."
He adds, "I think in the Medium stint we were able to go long at the beginning, but I'm not sure if we were that quick. It felt like we were able to at least keep the tyre going. But then with the Hard I just struggled, really struggled to get that going."
He concludes, "Towards the end of the race when everything gripped-up, we just couldn't run with the quicker cars. So, battling hard, and thought I got close to the points there, but it just wasn't quite enough today. We'll keep at it. I think this circuit certainly played to a few of our weaknesses. Lots of long corners, lots of long straights, so we've got to work on that, and then hopefully Barcelona will suit us a bit more, so I'm looking forward to that."
Post-race, when he was asked about the driving stint being a "tough afternoon", Ricciardo comments, "That’s the kind of- yeah- we had a tough one. Everyone worked hard today especially the drivers and mechanics who were feeling the heat. It’s battling with cars here and there but we came up short. What we can take from today is we weren’t quick enough."
Now with a one-week break coming up for the team to recuperate and prepare for a European doubleheader starting with Barcelona then Monaco.