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WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo shows middle-finger before the start of Austrian GP sprint race

Ricciardo will start the feature race at the 12th spot in the Red Bull Ring.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 10 July 2022 5:03 pm

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Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo isn’t having a great run at the McLaren team and his struggles continued in the Austrian GP. Dany Ric had a sub-par qualifying as he was out in the Q1. Similarly, he had an underwhelming sprint race despite showing some decent pace as he finished 12th.

These struggles may have caused the Honey Badger a lot of frustration as he was seen flipping out at his car before the sprint race. Daniel Ricciardo had a poor timing of 1m 09.852s as he finished 17th on the grid. 

After the Q1, Riccardo wasn’t happy with his car and felt that the MCL36 has a few problems all around.  “You never want to be out in Q1,” the Australian said. “It’s probably a little bit everywhere. It’s not something where we are massively missing in high speed or anything. I think it’s kind of just accumulative a little bit everywhere.”

“It’s not necessarily confidence. It’s not like I’m going into a corner like ‘I’m scared, what do I do’, it’s more the feel and the ability to push it up to that edge. Obviously, there are times you overshoot it, but just balancing right on the edge of that is still a bit of uncertainty,” he continued. 

“I’m not sure how else to explain it. It hasn’t been a long day of running and obviously being out in Q1 it’s not like all weekend we’ve struggled, but of course today out of the box we didn’t feel rapid. I don’t know if it’s down to wind or layout, not too sure yet.”

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