Ricciardo: AlphaTauri F1 left struggling in “different league” in Las Vegas
Despite struggling with grip throughout the race, Daniel Ricciardo qualified 15th and finished 14th out of the 17 cars that finished. His teammate Yuki Tsunoda retired, resulting in the first race in four events where their team failed to score points. Ricciardo expressed optimism going into the race but acknowledged their struggles with starts and restarts, as well as difficulties with getting the tires to work on the slippery asphalt. He admitted that they lacked pace and struggled at the start of stints, but felt they had more speed towards the end of the race. Ricciardo also mentioned that following other cars this year feels significantly harder, and damaging the tires made it more challenging for them. Despite the tough race, the positive aspect was that their rivals in the constructors’ championship also failed to score points. Ricciardo acknowledged the need for improvement and post-race analysis, but remained hopeful for the upcoming race in Abu Dhabi.