CAMS Ambassador Daniel Ricciardo has finished fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won his second race for 2018.
Ricciardo started on the grid in sixth position and couldn’t seem to find his groove throughout the race, making up only one position thanks to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement on lap 25.
Despite posting the fastest lap of the day late in the race with a circuit record time of 1.18.441, the Western Australian struggled to come to grips with the car.
“There were moments where the car was really fast but it was just too difficult to get it every lap,” Ricciardo said.
“I would set the fastest lap and then the next lap I would nearly spin.
“There is potential but it’s just hard to extract consistently at the moment, so we have some more to learn with this new package.”
It’s fair to say the Spanish Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season so far, with the biggest action of the day coming in the opening lap, when a serious three-car collision saw an early safety car intervention as plenty of carbon fibre strewn across the track.
“It was certainly a strange race,” Ricciardo added.
“At the beginning we had good pace and it seemed like (Ferrari’s) Kimi (Raikkonen) was a bit slower than Max and myself.
“I thought I was faster than them, but then once they picked up the pace I wasn’t really able to go with them.
“In the end, it was a pretty boring race but I’m going to take some positives from the potential we have.”
After five rounds, Ricciardo (47) sits in fifth position in the drivers’ championship standings, just one point behind Raikkonen (48).
The next round of the Formula 1 championship takes place at the iconic Monaco street circuit on 27 May.
Published: 14 May, 2018