The Australian was sixth in his debut with a woking-based team, but fell to seventh in the race, finishing second behind his teammate Lando Norris, about 20 seconds behind.
Disappointed Ricardo said he hoped the lack of pace might have been caused by the car’s damage after the race.
“I felt like it was slowing down as the race progressed,” he said. “So it felt like the first stint of software hanging with Rand and Charles. [Leclerc] I felt a kind of deterioration as the race progressed, as it was more or less pulled apart a little in the medium and then pulled out harder.
“But if you’re not there yet at the pace of 50 laps, you just know that the gap will widen, and that could be the result.”
“I hope it’s been damaged, which probably explains some of the pace,” he added.
However, post-race inspections by the team revealed that contact with Pierre Guthrie of AlphaTauri resulted in damage to Ricardo’s floor and McLaren’s “significant” downforce loss.
“After the race, Pierre discovered that Daniel’s floor had been damaged by the impact of hitting the back of the car at the start of the race,” team boss Andreas Seidl said in a statement Monday.
“The level of damage took a lot of downforce. Despite the poor performance, Daniel used his experience to deal with the problem and scored important points for the team. Looking forward to the next race. There. “
Ricardo admitted that he didn’t feel the influence of Guthrie’s car at the start of the race.
“To be honest, I didn’t. I heard he was damaged, so I just saw him at the end of the race and said,’What’s wrong?’ And he said,’I’m you. I came across behind him. “
“So I didn’t know, but yeah, if my floor looks destroyed, I’ll probably sleep better tonight.”
McLaren reveals Ricardo has damaged the floor in Bahrain
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