Ricciardo scored McLaren’s first victory in virtually 9 years by winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza final month, main house team-mate Lando Norris for a 1-2.
Norris himself got here close to winning the following race in Sochi two weeks in the past, just for a late rain bathe to finish his hopes after failing to make the change to intermediate tyres on the proper time.
The upswing in kind for McLaren has helped its push for third place within the constructors’ championship in opposition to Ferrari, and given hope to a extra open combat on the head of the sector following a interval of Crimson Bull and Mercedes dominance.
The crew has frequently downplayed its probabilities of being a constant menace within the combat on the entrance, and Ricciardo felt that whereas it had obtained within the combine occasionally this yr, its greatest kind was nonetheless largely track-dependent.
“We’ve undoubtedly been trying like [fighting Mercedes and Red Bull] definitely extra usually in the previous few weeks,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“I believe Lando has been there just about all yr, and it’s beginning to look extra promising for me as effectively.
“However Lando’s race [in Sochi], the half within the dry was very sturdy, contending there.
“I believe it’s nonetheless a bit of track-dependent for us as a crew. I don’t suppose we’re universally sturdy throughout the board, at each monitor format we go to.
“Those that we’re sturdy on, we appear to have the ability to actually take it to the highest two groups.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
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McLaren crew principal Andreas Seidl mentioned that he broadly agreed with Ricciardo’s evaluation, and that the crew was remaining lifelike about its present standing within the F1 pecking order, with its focus being on beating Ferrari to 3rd place within the constructors’ championship.
“I believe with the image we’ve seen to date this yr, sure I might agree that it will likely be track-specific,” Seidl mentioned.
“We’ve seen sometimes this yr that we had been in a position to combat even for pole positions or hold quicker vehicles behind us on particular tracks.
“On the identical time, I believe with the event of the automotive all through the season, plus a greater understanding additionally of the crew and methods to get much more efficiency out of the package deal that we’ve, I believe we made steps by way of automotive efficiency at every kind of tracks, as we’ve seen for instance in Hungary.
“However I believe we’ve a practical view on the place we’re proper now. A minimum of with the Ferraris, we’ve the whole lot in our arms with the intention to hold them behind us.
“On the identical time, each time there are alternatives to attain podium outcomes, we wish to be there.”