McLaren boss issues Ricciardo warning as he reveals reason behind slow start

Daniel Ricciardo has evidently not been able to get his car to go at top pelt and has seen Lando Norris surpass him in both of the opening races. The Brit finished fourth and third to Ricciardo’s seventh and sixth.

Ricciardo also had to endure allowing his teammate, who is ten years younger, to overtake him during the race on Sunday in Imola.

The Australian is not the only one who had to face difficulties in adapting to a new car. Every driver who switched teams has had to contend with a better-performing teammate so far.

Ricciardo has been open about the fact that he is yet to get accustomed to his car, having had only three days of pre-season testing split between himself and Norris just before the Bahrain GP.

“We know it is not just straightforward to jump from one car into another one, and only have one and half days of testing,” Seidl said.

“And we have seen from other drivers, all these drivers are very talented and have a lot of experience, and they adapt very quickly and straightaway.

“But these cars are complex, and to find these last two, three, four, tenths, but also make the difference when how comfortable they are to push these cars to the limit, that is not straightforward to find and get out of these cars.

“That takes time. It is not a surprise.

“It is part of the process of integrating a new driver, and with the experience Daniel has, in the experience we have within the team, it is just a matter of a few more race weekends before Daniel is fully comfortable in our car.”

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