Ricciardo accused of being ‘completely off the radar’ in ‘pub brawl’ – “What happened to Danny this weekend?”

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo recorded yet another unconvincing result at the British Grand Prix, finishing P13 out of 14 cars that crossed the chequered flag.

His teammate Lando Norris had a far more enjoyable outing, finishing the race in P6.

At one stage, Ricciardo was coming ninth but saw his car lose performance due to factors outside his control.

Having managed to finish in the top-10 on just two occasions all season, Ricciardo had to settle for an unsatisfactory result.

Is Ricciardo doing enough for McLaren?

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Daniel Ricciardo. Credit: planetf1.com

Ricciardo himself was pretty unhappy with how things panned out for him at Silverstone and termed it “a pretty sad one”.

“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,” he 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.

“At the end then on the restart, I couldn’t really attack the cars. Simply we weren’t fast, so hopefully we find something.

“The way you’re able to roll the car in, you just feel the tyres kind of skating and not biting, not gripping.

“We ran over quite a bit of debris with the accident at the beginning, but obviously the team checked, we had a lot of time for the red flag to check the cars.”

Ricciardo not pulling his weight in ‘pub brawl’

Damon Hill. Credit: planetf1.com
Damon Hill. Credit: planetf1.com

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso enjoyed his time at Silverstone and saw his Alpine end the race in fifth position.

With fourth spot up for grabs, Alpine and McLaren are its main challengers.

However, Ricciardo being completely out of form is not helping the team.

In essence, it has made Norris shoulder the responsibility of fending off Alonso and Esteban Ocon almost single-handedly.

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill believes Ricciardo is not contributing enough in what is essentially a “pub brawl” between the two teams.

“There’s this battle between Alpine, and what used to be Renault as well, and McLaren,” Hill told the F1 Nation podcast.

“You can’t keep them apart can you. It’s like a pub brawl.

“Lando had a great weekend definitely, (but) where’s Danny Ric? What happened to Danny Ric this weekend? He went completely off the radar.”

Ricciardo has only managed to get 15 points all season and sees himself perched on 14th spot in the drivers’ standings.

The Australian driver feels McLaren needs to find a solution to its problems soon.

“So yeah, unless we find something that we missed, otherwise we’ll have to keep digging,” Ricciardo said.

“It’s a quick turnaround for Austria, but hopefully we can find something there.”

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