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Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo remaining ‘positive’ despite hard Saturday at Spanish GP

The Visa Cash App RB F1 Team has scored points in four consecutive races dating back to the Miami Grand Prix. That weekend, both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda scored points in the F1 sprint races. Ricciardo enjoyed this result late in the afternoon despite struggling in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix. It also sparked a string of good results for the team, including Ricciardo’s 8th place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix.

That streak looks set to come to an end this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Like many teams, VCARB brought a series of upgrades to Barcelona that have yet to translate into on-track results. With both drivers finishing at the back of the grid on Friday, the team was hoping the data would provide answers to improve their lap times on Saturday.

Unfortunately, both Ricciardo and Tsunoda were eliminated in Q1 and will start side by side on row 9 on Sunday, with Tsunoda in 17th place and Ricciardo in 18th.

Despite the result, both drivers remained positive in their post-qualifying comments.

“We struggled with pace this weekend and tried different things to improve, but in the end I felt better in qualifying than in free practice. I’m happy with at least my lap and feel like I made the most of the current package,” Tsunoda said. “We’ve been doing well in the last few races and it’s disappointing, but I think it’s important that we face this difficult moment together as a team. This is a good opportunity to learn from our struggles and grow as a team. The most important thing is to stay positive, and we will definitely do that.”

Despite not setting a lap time, Ricciardo believes the team had made improvements to their set-up overnight.

“It’s a difficult weekend, we have a lot of new parts on the car and we still need to understand the best way to make them work,” Ricciardo began. “Yesterday we were still looking for the balance a bit, then overnight we made some pretty big changes and today in qualifying the car felt a lot more together.”

“We’ve made progress in terms of feeling and balance but unfortunately it’s still tough on the stopwatch, especially with both cars being eliminated in Q1 despite using three sets of soft tyres each, it shows that we just don’t have the pace at the moment,” the VCARB driver continued. “There’s still more to find and we’ll take it bit by bit. Tomorrow will come around in the blink of an eye but we have a few races coming up with similar track characteristics so obviously we need to work together to see what we’re missing.”

The team’s technical director, Jody Egginton, praised both drivers for their feedback to the team, and while VCARB may not be satisfied with the results at the moment, Egginton hopes this weekend has laid the foundations for further progress for the rest of the year.

“We’ve made some improvements in terms of the balance of the car,” Eggington said. “But it’s not enough. We’ve clearly got a lot of work to do to get more out of the car, not just tonight but also for Austria. A big part of this work is [analyzing] We provide a detailed description of the aeronautical data collected in Barcelona.

“Meanwhile, both drivers have done a great job supporting our engineering team with their feedback on the many test items we’ve assessed here, and also in extracting the best performance from the car we were able to deliver, so we have plenty of data to use to make the necessary progress.”