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Daniel Ricciardo and VCARB licking their wounds after ‘poor weekend’ in Barcelona

As for the weekend, for Daniel Ricciardo and the entire Visa Cash App RB F1 Team, this was one they would like to forget.

VCARB arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hoping that a series of upgrades to the RB01 would further improve performance, but it was clear from the opening lap of FP1 that they were on the losing side. That continued in qualifying (Ricciardo and teammate Yuki Tsunoda were eliminated in Q1) and into the race itself, where both Ricciardo and Tsunoda finished outside the points, leaving VCARB to lick their wounds with their first points-less weekend since the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

Team principal Laurent Mekies gave a frank assessment.

“We came here with high hopes for the upgrades that everyone at the factory has been working hard to design and build as part of our aggressive development strategy,” Mekies said in the team’s post-race report. “Unfortunately, right from the start of free practice we just lacked the pace in every session.

“There’s no denying it was a disappointing weekend for us and, although the gap was very small, we make no excuses for not being competitive,” the VCARB chief continued, “Considering where we started, we would have needed unusual circumstances with rain and a safety car, but the race was pretty much straight and both drivers tried their best but we will leave Spain with nothing to show for our efforts.”

Mr. Kakuta gave a concise and to-the-point assessment.

“It was a tough race and I struggled a lot. The car’s handling was never easy and I didn’t feel as comfortable as usual,” Tsunoda said. “Something just didn’t go right. We will analyze everything that happened to understand what went wrong and we will come back even stronger in Austria.”

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Always the optimistic figure in the team garage, Ricciardo did his best to keep things positive, and the Australian driver was able to highlight some bright spots on an otherwise gloomy day in Barcelona.

“Obviously I’m disappointed to finish 15th, but I’m happy with my race and how well we managed as a team with the two pit stops. I think yesterday I just missed a touch in qualifying, but to be honest today [maximized] “We achieved that with a good race,” Ricciardo said. “We [tires] We pushed when we needed to and unfortunately I think we didn’t show more this weekend, and there’s certainly a lot to learn from weekends like this.

“There are some small positives and some things we still need to work on because it seems like we’re missing something with the new package. We have to address that straight away so we’ll work on that tonight and try to understand it more before Austria next week.”

The VCARB boss concluded by slamming the team with a bit of a challenge.

“Now our whole team faces a tough test to make even small progress in the remaining few days before we are back on track again at the Red Bull Ring,” said Mekies. “It’s a very long season and there will undoubtedly be some tough weekends. We have to put this behind us, not get discouraged, look forward and focus on fighting back quickly in a few days’ time in Austria.”

Luckily, the team won’t have much time to lick their wounds, as the Red Bull Ring awaits.

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