Almost all Formula 1 drivers got out of the car sweaty and broken on Sunday afternoon local time after 57 race laps. The high humidity in Florida created Singaporean scenes. It was therefore important to keep drinking well throughout the Grand Prix, but Daniel Ricciardo reveals he and the team decided to start with less fluids to save weight.
After the race, the McLaren driver also got out of the car, exhausted. The Australian just had a tough afternoon that lacked pace. He switched to softs on the day’s only safety car, caused by a crash by teammate Lando Norris. But that didn’t do him any good either. Ricciardo crossed the finish line in 11th but dropped back to P13 due to a penalty. In a fight with Kevin Magnussen, he missed the track and was penalized.
“Yes, the heat also played a major role here,” Ricciardo replies when asked Motorsport.com whether the race in Miami is comparable to Sepang and Singapore. “It was also tough because almost everyone is fighting for that last bit of weight savings. So we didn’t have the luxury of taking three liters of water with us. I only had a little. That’s never enough anyway. It got me dehydrated. That heat was intense, these are the toughest conditions. Everyone still worked hard: drivers, mechanics… everyone felt the heat.”
Ricciardo thought he had scored a point when he passed the target, but in the end it was 11th. “When I crossed the finish line I thought I was tenth,” he continues. “It was difficult to assess. I had several fights and there was also shooting. I did some calculations in my head and thought that was enough. In the end we weren’t fast enough. We simply relied on it if we weren’t running enough speed, we were suffering a little too much draw.” It was only later that the McLaren driver saw that he had been penalized. “I saw in the standings that I was thirteenth, of course that doesn’t earn you any points.”
The next Grand Prix will be held in Barcelona and Ricciardo hopes to do better there. “It’s hard to predict but I really hope it will be a better weekend. In Miami we were behind the times. It felt a bit like Zandvoort last year. This track has almost the same characteristics with long corners. I fought there last year.” last year also for the last point. We’ve never been able to impress. Barcelona suited me better last year, hopefully that means something.”