Daniel Ricciardo has found a solution to his woes after Monaco shocker

Daniel Ricciardo has had an underwhelming start to the F1 season to say the least.

The Australian has struggled in his first year with McLaren and has finished behind teammate Lando Norris in all but one race.

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After finishing 12th and being lapped by Norris at the Monaco Grand Prix — a circuit he usually races well at — Ricciardo decided to go back to the drawing board. And he says he has found a solution that could help him return to form, starting at Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s race, Ricciardo said he took “a step back” after Monaco and went back to basics to ensure he can get the most out of his car going forward.

Daniel Ricciardo is optimistic about a return to form (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

“I did spend a good few days on the simulator last week and it was really just trying to take a step back and understand what’s going on and how the car works and what needs to be done to get the car working well,” he said.

“I don’t want to say I started from zero because I definitely learned a bit the first few races, but I just had even more of an open-minded approach.

“We just tried lots of different things and even things that don’t feel correct. We’ll try them and understand, ‘OK, why that doesn’t work’. We just played around a lot and certainly some things do seem more clear to me and I think it was really productive to do that.”

Ricciardo said he tried to move on quickly from his performance in Monaco and learn some lessons from it.

“I think by Monday morning after the race I was full steam ahead and I was ready to go and I think that led to the productive few days with the team in Woking (McLaren’s Headquarters),” he said.

The West Australian added it was easy to over-think things and doubt his abilities after a poor result.

“You fall down that little rabbit hole and it’s hard then to pull yourself out,” he said.

“I think with my experience in the sport, I have pretty good self-awareness of that and sometimes you can’t help but go down that path. You also get emotional and emotions sometimes don’t lead to like the clearest decisions.”

Ricciardo has had a poor start to his first season with McLaren (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

The 31-year-old also welcomed any F1 fans who have doubted him early in the season to hop back aboard the “Ricciardo train”.

“I know that once it clicks and it becomes right, people will all of a sudden be back on the Ricciardo train,” he said.

“If you jumped off, it’s OK. It’s still going to go forward. There’s tickets still to be sold, I’ll let you back on.”

The seven-time Grand Prix winner said he was excited to race again and return to Baku, where he won in 2017.

“I’m just looking to getting back out (on the track),” he said.

“I think obviously when a weekend doesn’t go well, you can’t wait to get back in the car to try and obviously do better. I’m just looking forward to going racing again.”

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