Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to “struggle less than everyone else” in Austin after a hard but enjoyable Friday.
Daniel Ricciardo believes McLaren is in a solid position heading into qualifying for the United States Grand Prix after both cars finished in the top five in FP2.
The Australian finished fifth, while teammate Lando Norris achieved the second quickest time of the session, a significant improvement from their earlier results.
With Ricciardo stating that his goal for this weekend is to “struggle less than everyone else,” he believes things are headed in the right path after Friday’s performance.
“It was a decent day. I think everyone was certainly, not struggling, but fighting the car a bit,” Ricciardo said.
“It was hot and the grip was pretty low, the tyres dropped off quite a lot already after a lap.
“Of course, we know the track is quite bumpy, so it definitely throws you around. It was challenging, but it was also quite fun.
“The aim this weekend is to struggle less than everyone else, and I think we’re in a good position. Both of us were [in the] top five, so that was solid.”
Although a strong Friday is no guarantee of a good Saturday, Ricciardo says he’ll take it.
He added: “It’s always better to have a good Friday. It doesn’t really dictate your weekend, but it means there’s less head-scratching. I think we’re OK.”
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