Given Lando Norris’ excellent run to P5, Ricciardo felt that he could have battled among the top six with his McLaren teammate.
“I think we could have been fifth and sixth today like we were a week ago [in France] so it could be a lot different but it is not,” he said. “Luckily we get to go again in a week.”
Ricciardo was at a loss to understand the sudden power unit bug, and while everything eventually returned to normal, he couldn’t extricate himself from the train of cars running in dirty air.
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“[It was] out of the blue,” he said. “So for now I don’t know what it was. I’m not the only one hurting. I’m sure that they feel the pain as well.
“The weekend went from bad to worse, and it is just one of those ones.
“It was fine after that, so in a way that is kind of what sucks even more. When you drop back that much sometimes you are like let’s end the pain.
“We still had a long race to go, but once you’re in the train everyone has DRS, and clear air is so important around here.
“It was so static that I think everyone’s pace was quite similar and dirty air. So there was really nothing to do after that. The race changed like a switch.
“I am looking forward to getting out of here and coming back next week with a fresh approach.”
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