18/04/2024

Daniel Ricciardo is hoping the upcoming triple-header of races will allow him to log valuable time in his McLaren. Photo @McLarenF1/Twitter

Following an up and down season Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the upcoming F1 schedule which will see three races in three weeks.

Daniel Ricciardo has welcomed the upcoming Formula One schedule which will see three races in three weeks as an opportunity to ‘fast track’ his progression with McLaren.

The 2021 season has been difficult thus far for the Aussie with Ricciardo still coming to grips with the driving style required to succeed in the McLaren.

But with the upcoming French, Styrian, and Austrian Grand Prix over three consecutive weekends, this could be Ricciardo’s chance to find some form and log valuable track time.

“(I’m) looking forward to a triple-header actually. Getting into a rhythm, getting into three races in a row. A bit more conventional, bit more run-off room, won’t do us any harm,” Ricciardo said per the F1 website.

“When you’re trying to learn any sport, the best way to learn is practice and doing it and that’s the unique thing with our sport, we can’t do it every day, we can’t just go out tomorrow and go and run a few laps, so I think having three consecutive weekends and putting in the practice consecutively will fast-track my progress.”

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Unlike the low grip street circuits of Monaco and Azerbaijan where the two previous Grand Prix’s have been held, the next three are at purpose-built racing tracks, designed for F1 racing.

Ricciardo has found more success this season when racing on purpose-built racing tracks with finishes of 7th, 6th, 9th, and 6th in comparison to street circuits with finishes of 12th and 9th.

In the past, Ricciardo has finished 4th in 2018 and 11th in 2019 at the French Grand Prix and has had mixed success in Austria with four-point finishes out of seven races.

Ricciardo currently sits 40 points behind his teammate Lando Norris after crashing out in qualifying in Azerbaijan making him start from 13th where he climbed into the points to finish ninth.

He now sits 10th in the driver standings having dropped two places in Azerbaijan to Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly.

Meanwhile, Norris finished 5th keeping McLaren in check with the likes of Ferrari who have now leapfrogged them by two points in the constructor’s championship.

With the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly beginning to find consistent form and both Ferrari drivers continuing to perform strongly these next three races are crucial to Ricciardo and McLaren’s season with only five races until the mid-season break.

The French Grand Prix will take place on June 20th at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

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