Daniel Ricciardo qualified for the Bahrain Grand Prix in 18th place, with teammate Lando Norris in 13th place.
After finishing 18th for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo confessed that his McLaren team had much to understand about their new car.
Despite teammate Lando Norris advanced smoothly to Q2, the Australian was left to express his frustration after missing to advance out of Q1 on testing day.
Norris would eventually finish 13th at the end of the session, finishing off a disappointing day for the Woking-based outfit, which had shown so much potential in Barcelona.
Ricciardo has had a difficult start to the 2022 season, missing the full pre-season test in Bahrain after testing positive for Covid-19.
Ricciardo is currently catching up after missing the Bahrain test.
As a result, he and his team have a lot of work to do in order to remain competitive in 2022, and they’re off to a slow start.
“I think that P18 shows that it was definitely tricky,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports following a disappointing session.
“It’s a culmination of missing the test and then missing the track time in FP2 a little bit. It’s been an uphill battle. I’m disappointed but not too surprised.
“We just have to try and move up from here. I think everyone has a lot to learn with this car and everyone will be working together now to fast track that.”
Barcelona promise has dissolved for McLaren
During testing in Barcelona, Norris was asked about the possibility of contending at the front of the grid with McLaren, but the squad has slipped down the order since arriving in Bahrain.
They’ll be regarded outsiders to score points in Sunday’s race after struggling for pace, especially with the circuit cooling during evening sessions.
“After Barcelona, I had a pretty good feeling with the car,” Ricciardo went on to comment.
“I think we felt we were quite comfortable with where it was at. Sure, there were still things to improve, but it seemed – let’s say – familiar.
“But then, coming [to Bahrain] in different conditions, and a different style of circuit, it threw a few more challenges at us and that took time to figure out, and we’re still not there.”
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