Ricciardo-McLaren

Ricciardo is hoping for a winning streak: McLaren still has a lot of work to do

At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo says he wants to keep his and McLaren’s positive motivation high.

Ricciardo-McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to develop on his first points result of 2022 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, having finished a solid sixth spot at his home race in Australia previous time out.

Ricciardo benefited from other racers’ troubles to improve from what would have been a dismal points result to 6th at the chequered flag in Melbourne, after a terrible beginning to the season with a low-key P14 in Bahrain and a mid-race withdrawal in Saudi Arabia.

It was his first point performance in front of his home audience since his last race with Red Bull in 2018.

Since their difficult pre-season trial in Bahrain, McLaren has shown strong indications of progress, and Ricciardo is optimistic that the Woking-based squad’s continued growth drive will stand them in good stead.

Ricciardo still “on a high” after Melbourne

“I’m still on a high after a strong result in front of an incredible home crowd in Melbourne,” he said in his official preview ahead of the Imola race.

“So, hopefully, we can keep the momentum going as we head to Imola. With the Sprint format returning, anything is possible so we’ve got to get our heads down, keep going with the improvements and extract as much as we can from the car.

“It’s a technically difficult track that’s fast and flowing, so it will be good to see how these new cars get on. Last year, we got a nice haul of points in Imola, and I am hoping we can get some more this year.

“Whilst the weekend in Melbourne was definitely a positive step forward, we still have a long way to go to get the car in the place we want it to be.”

Seidl is hoping for a two-point victory

While troubles for others in Australia clearly aided McLaren, team head Andreas Seidl expressed optimism that the squad will be able to repeat last year’s Imola performance this weekend.

Lando Norris placed third on the podium in 2021, while Ricciardo placed sixth following his rocky start with McLaren. As a consequence, Seidl’s goals for the 2022 edition of the race are lofty.

“We have a good track record in Imola since it returned to the calendar in 2020, with double points for the team at both races,” he said.

“We aim for the same this year, but a track like Imola often creates opportunities and the addition of the Sprint format for this weekend means we’ll need to be operationally sharp and ready to capitalise.

“Imola is a great, historic track and it will be interesting to see how the improved overtaking from these new cars will impact racing.

“With the grid for Sunday determined by the Sprint, there is bound to be plenty of exciting racing for the fans, now with the added incentive of points for the top eight on Saturday.”

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