Harder to locate the pace in this year’s car – Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo admitted he and team mate Jean-Eric Vergne are having a harder time unlocking the performance of the Toro Rosso this year.

“I think we have good pace in the car but the story so far this year is that sometimes that pace can be a little hard to locate,” said Ricciardo.

“[Vergne] found it pretty early this weekend and was flying on Friday. On my side of the garage it took longer. We were experimenting with a few things that didn’t really work out how we hoped – but that’s why it’s called experimenting.”

Both drivers were caught out by the wet conditions in Q1 and were knocked out in the first stage of qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps. But Ricciardo was able to mount a recovery and score a point for tenth place.

“The team put together a good plan for the race,” he said. “The intention was always to stop twice but going long on the first stint with the hard tire gave us the flexibility to switch to a one-stop race if that looked like the right call.”

“But once we put on the new medium tire we knew it gave us quite a lot, so we pushed hard, stopped for another new set, and were able to pass enough people to break into the top ten by the checkered flag. Salvage job complete.”