Daniel Ricciardo struggled at the British Grand Prix and felt something was “a bit off” as he slumped to a lowly P13 finish.
The Australian lacked raw pace all weekend failing to qualify in the top 10 and getting comfortably beaten by his team mate Lando Norris at Silverstone.
A DRS failure compounded the issue in the closing stages, this forced him to go a lap down on the leaders as his miserable weekend continued.
The 33-year-old explained the issues he felt during the race and said: “Once the race got restarted, just struggled with grip. I simply didn't feel like I was operating at the same level of grip as the others, and was getting eaten up and couldn't really do anything about it," Ricciardo said.
"Then that seemed to be our pace for the race. Something honestly felt a bit off. I remember turning or braking into Turn 6, and the car was all over the place. I thought I had a puncture, so when I went to look at the rear tyre, I saw the DRS was open.
"We had a failure there, so I came back to the pits to fix it, but then obviously we couldn't use it because the fear that it would get stuck open again.
"It's a quick turnaround for Austria, but hopefully we can find something there.”
Ricciardo has been floundering in the midfield for much of the season scoring points on a mere three occasions with a best finish of P6 at his home race in Australia.
By contrast his team mate Norris has secured one podium so far this year at Imola and sits P7 in in Drivers’ Standings.
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said after the race Ricciardo failed to gain place in the opening stages which hurt their race. The German said: “We need to understand why it was today in the race, we just didn’t have any pace to do anything then later in the race he had a DRS issue which compromised the race further.
“But the race was pretty much done already in the first stint we just couldn’t move forward which we need to understand together with Daniel.
He also discussed the previous rounds in Azerbaijan and Canada and failing to capitalise on the solid pace from the previous couple of rounds.
“Definitely made a good step forward with Daniel despite not having a competitive car in Baku and Montreal but unfortunately here this weekend we couldn’t continue this positive momentum and thats something we need to analyse again and keep working hard together to be able to create better results.”