Daniel Ricciardo says he feels he’s already at “95 %” after his first day of driving the AlphaTauri on his return to Components 1.
The 34-year-old made a shock return to the F1 grid on the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend after Crimson Bull determined to exchange rookie Nyck de Vries with the veteran driver following the final spherical at Silverstone.
Ricciardo ended his first full day of operating within the AlphaTauri 14th in second observe, 4 tenths of a second behind group mate Yuki Tsunoda. Nevertheless Ricciardo believes he can discover extra from the automobile over the remainder of the weekend.
“I felt comfortably fairly rapidly at present,” Ricciardo mentioned. “However ‘snug’ is 95 %. The previous couple of %, proper now I really feel I can discover that tomorrow, or at the very least get near it.
“I believe at present I didn’t fairly put the lap collectively however I began to really feel the restrict of the automobile. So simply preserve it clear tomorrow and I believe I’ll be fairly content material.”
Ricciardo mentioned it was “good to be again” in an official session once more after being off the grid for the primary 10 rounds of the season.
“In a approach it felt regular, being again within the automobile, and that was good,” he mentioned. “This morning I believe I bought one dry lap, however even the one lap I already felt, ‘that is cool, it feels good once more’. The afternoon, the primary set of mediums was not too dangerous, we had been sort of working away at it, after which on the gentle I used to be nonetheless studying, placing a lap collectively.
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“However usually I believe I bought feeling within the automobile at present. There’s issues for me to work on, which I’m not too involved about, and the some issues on the automobile that we will simply preserve taking a look at and enhancing.”
Regardless of being 10 locations behind youthful group mate Tsunoda in second observe, Ricciardo will not be placing any inventory in his place on this early part of his comeback to the grid.
“I believe positions, [are] most likely not too related in the intervening time,” he mentioned. “I believe it was extra only for me at present to really feel mainly the place I’m with the automobile.
“All of it felt fairly acquainted. Clearly there’s a variety of exterior consideration, however as soon as I put the helmet on and bought within the automobile, all of it felt in a approach like I by no means actually left.
“Clearly this morning we didn’t actually get something, however this afternoon I believe just a bit bit on the brand new tyre [to learn] however nothing actually I’m involved about.”
Heading into Saturday, Ricciardo says that he feels constructive about AlphaTauri’s prospects for qualifying across the Hungaroring.
“For positive there’s some issues already I really feel within the automobile we will attempt to work on. Proper now I’m fairly optimistic, it appeared like Yuki as effectively had a fairly good day. So I believe if we put all this stuff collectively, possibly tomorrow we will do okay.”
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