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Daniel Ricciardo is enjoying a return to form with McLaren. It’s just bad for the car.

McLaren were aiming for a return to the top flight in 2022, but the campaign so far has been a big disappointment. The team earned themselves a suspended judgment after a troubled pre-season and when obvious flaws were discovered in the opening races, but remedies for the car’s ills in May did not move it further in hierarchical order.

If anything, the team is slipping even further off the pace. And so despite Ricciardo’s optimism for more points in Montreal, the car under him just wasn’t up to snuff.

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The team was in an excused mood in Canada, and even CEO Zak Brown, who a few weeks ago was openly critical of Ricciardo’s performance, admitted that the car was not living up to its end of the bargain.

In fact, there was a level of angst in the whole field in Canada. Kevin Magnussen was aggrieved to have his fifth place on the grid turned last to the flag by what he believed was an unfair and inconsistent call from race control to force him to make pit repairs early in the race, while Sergio Perez urges Red Bull Racing not to forget its unreliability issues during celebrations of Max Verstappen’s latest win.

BROWN EXPLAINS RICCIARDO’S PUBLIC COMMENTS, APOLOGIZES FOR CAR

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said he was only giving ‘an honest answer’ when he publicly admitted Daniel Ricciardo’s tenure with the team fell short of expectations and probed the clauses potential breach of contract.

Brown made his comments between the Miami and Monaco Grands Prix last month, with Ricciardo suffering a form slump at Barcelona and Monte Carlo that questioned his suitability for the team.

Ricciardo bounced back with a points finish in Azerbaijan ahead of teammate Lando Norris and again qualified in the top 10 in Canada, although the car was not fast enough to score points.

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Speaking in Montreal, Brown said he was just being honest in his comment last month and stressed he and the team are still on good terms with the Australian.

“They asked the question and I just gave an honest answer,” Brown said. “I think Daniel said the same thing. We are here to try to move forward.

“We have a great relationship, and I just gave an honest answer to a question about how things are going, and things could be better.

“Daniel has shown, like he did at Monza last year, when we give him a car that suits his driving style and pace that he’s going to go out and lead laps and win a race.

“I think we need a slightly more capable and user-friendly car, and it will do the job.”

Brown also admitted that McLaren have underdelivered this season. The team have a precarious hold on fourth in the constructors’ standings after their third clean sheet in Canada and are nowhere near the pace of the two leading teams and Mercedes as well.

“We had great weekends like Monza [in 2021]and then disappointing weekends, and going back to our car, I don’t think we give our drivers a car that can consistently be in front.

“We’re going to work hard and make sure they do in the future.”

Norris burned by McLaren’s double stack | 01:00

PEREZ URGES RED BULL NOT TO FORGET ABOUT UNRELIABILITY SERIES

Sergio Perez has urged his Red Bull Racing team not to forget his car’s still chronic unreliability despite Max Verstappen trailing the championship lead.

Perez retired after just seven laps of the Canadian Grand Prix with a gearbox problem. The team was unable to confirm the cause of the failure immediately after the race, although Helmut Marko said he suspected Perez’s crash in qualifying may have contributed to the problem.

Preparation for the Montreal race was dominated by Ferrari’s series of terminal engine problems after Charles Leclerc retired from the lead in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

But on the unenviable chart of technical failures this season, Red Bull Racing edge Ferrari 4-3 after two retirements in Bahrain, another in Australia and Perez’s DNF in Canada. Ferrari’s three include Leclerc’s failure in Spain and his double DNF in Baku.

Speaking after a disheartening weekend in Canada, Perez said his team needed to redouble their efforts to improve reliability lest it affect the title fight.

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“It’s been a weekend to forget,” he said. “We think it was a gearbox issue and unfortunately I got stuck in one gear. Things were looking good, I got a good start, I was on hard tires and moving forward.

“We have to stay on top of reliability because a zero when you’re fighting for the championship is very painful and expensive.

“It should have been a race where I could have pushed my way through the peloton, so that’s a real shame. I felt I had a lot of potential in my race to gain a lot of places and pick up some good points. .

“You are entering new regulations and there will always be new problems to face. Today hurts a lot, it was a weekend to forget for me, so I want to forget today and move on to Silverstone.

Perez still sits second in the Drivers’ Championship behind Verstappen, but is now 46 points clear.

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FIA IS TOO EASILY INFLUENCED, SAYS MAGNUSSEN

Kevin Magnussen has slammed the FIA ​​for forcing him into an early pit stop to repair front wing damage, accusing the governing body of being swayed too easily by driver complaints.

Magnussen broke his right front wing endplate while tangling with Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, but was able to retain his top position in midfield for the first five laps despite the damage and loss of ‘support.

But chaser Esteban Ocon saw the endplate wobble precariously and radioed his team that it was in danger of falling and therefore a potential hazard.

Race control responded by waving the black and orange flag, forcing the Dane to pit for repairs at the end of lap 6, dropping him last and condemning him to finish out of the points.

Speaking after finishing 17th, the Dane accused the FIA ​​of bowing too quickly to complaints from Ocon and Alpine on the team radio, protesting that the wing was safe enough to race.

“I just had a little contact, nothing serious,” he said. “I scratched my front wing a bit and then I was told to pit.

“I was just talking to Ocon now and he was just joking and telling the FIA ​​it was really bad.

“If you know you can influence the FIA ​​like that, you will, right? That’s what he did. Fair play. But you have to let us drive with this shit, it’s nothing.

“I was following, the car was fine. The front wing was safe, it was not broken.

Perez forced to retire in Canada | 00:48

Magnussen recalled last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton was cleared to continue racing after damaging his Verstappen rear front wing – although the damaged parts remained fully attached – as the latest example of inconsistency in race stewardship and control that several drivers have spoken of this season.

“Think of Jeddah last year. Lewis Hamilton won the race with a half front wing – which I think is okay,” he said. “It’s very different. Monaco, they don’t throw us because it starts to rain. Here I’m called up because I have a scratch on my front wing.

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