Ricciardo’s Mexican GP transcript · RaceFans

The Mexican Grand Prix was a uncommon brilliant spot in an in any other case forgettable 2022 marketing campaign for Daniel Ricciardo.

The McLaren driver is marking time till the tip of the season following the announcement he won’t return to the workforce once more in 2023 as deliberate.

He certified exterior the highest 10 once more in Mexico, however on race day tyre technique fell in his favour. Regardless of being penalised for a tangle with Yuki Tsunoda, he picked up a badly-needed factors end for McLaren, which moved them nearer to rivals Alpine within the constructors championship.

Ricciardo freely admitted afterwards he had been in a position to bounce forward of workforce mate Lando Norris because of a mid-race change in technique. Each drivers began the race on the medium rubber, however after Norris pitted for the arduous tyres, McLaren realised the comfortable tyres would work for the second stint, and Ricciardo took a set of these.

Whereas he dismissed Norris’ declare that the technique was value as a lot as 40 seconds, Ricciardo acknowledged he benefited from pitting later and selecting a special compound.

“If it was 40 seconds, everybody would have accomplished it,” stated Ricciardo. “I imply, don’t get me unsuitable, it was the higher technique, there’s little question. However it was in our plan, if the tyre was lasting, hold going and attempt to assault on the finish. And that’s what we did.”

Daniel Ricciardo’s 2022 Mexican Grand Prix workforce radio messages

Ricciardo was concerned in a first-corner collision on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 12 months earlier. This time he was extra cautious, however misplaced two locations on the opening lap, as Yuki Tsunoda beginning strongly instantly behind him and Zhou Guanyu discovered a well past too.

Lap: 1 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’33.983
Stallard Brake bal forwards two clicks.
Lap: 2 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’25.959
Stallard Brakes nonetheless coming in so simply no lift-and-coast flip one and switch 4. Contemplate orange torque three.
Stallard Okay. Brakes are good. Strat seven. Strat seven.
Lap: 3 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’26.170
Stallard DRS enabled.
Lap: 4 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’25.498
Stallard Vettel 0.6, Daniel PU beginning to get scorching, pull to the left the place you’ll be able to.
Lap: 5 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’24.721
Stallard Hole to Vettel 0.6. Overtake out there. Vettel has additionally been instructed lift-and-coast for temperatures.
Lap: 6 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’24.629
Stallard Hole to Vettel 0.9. Daniel, flip 4 is the most well liked place for PU, elevate into T4 will assist when you’re not combating Zhou.
Lap: 7 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’25.571

Whereas McLaren had been involved about managing the rising temperatures in his automotive, Ricciardo was making an attempt to regain his place from Zhou, which he finally managed.

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Lap: 8 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’25.076
Stallard Vettel 0.7. Daniel, the elevate into flip 4 helps loads. I recognize that you must struggle with Zhou however whenever you’re not combating the elevate into flip 4 helps loads.
Lap: 9 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.528
Stallard Okay you should use overtake out of three as effectively. You need to use overtake out of three. Let me find out about tyres when you can.
Ricciardo Yeah all good. I’ve acquired him this time.
Stallard Raise off in flip 4…
Ricciardo …now in clear air.
Stallard Copy, subsequent automotive Tsunoda.
Ricciardo I’ll simply attempt to let temps settle a bit.
Stallard Copy.
Stallard Zhou 0.7, you should use overtake closing nook.

Getting previous Zhou was essential, as Ricciardo was in a position to put 5 seconds on the Alfa Romeo earlier than his pit cease.

“The one factor that saved me just a little optimistic was I used to be faster than Zhou and I really feel just like the Alfas had been fast all weekend,” he stated afterwards. “So I used to be dropping time with him however finally after I handed him I assumed, ‘okay, possibly we’re we’re nonetheless on this race’.”

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Lap: 10 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.666
Stallard Zhou 0.8.
Ricciardo Understood. I had a little bit of an influence surge out of 12.
Stallard Copy
Lap: 11 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.770
Stallard Tsunoda final lap 24.9. Hole is 2.2. Zhou is 0.9, nonetheless simply in DRS.
Ricciardo Comparatively secure in the meanwhile, low grip however pretty secure.
Lap: 12 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.745
Stallard Zhou 0.9. Daniel you’ve been doing gas 5, gas three can be okay.
Ricciardo Understood.
Stallard Counsel orange torque 4 for rears.
Lap: 13 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.321
Stallard Zhou 0.9.
Stallard Alonso’s P7. His final lap 24.7.
Lap: 14 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.495
Stallard Zhou 1.1.

At this stage within the race McLaren had been nonetheless on ‘plan A’ for Ricciardo, indicating they deliberate to pit for the arduous tyre compound. He indicated he most well-liked that technique.

Ricciardo was additionally involved with making an attempt to enhance his automotive’s braking efficiency, which has been a recurring theme since his joined the workforce final yr.

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Lap: 15 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.664
Stallard Okay Tsunoda 1.5 seconds forward is on comfortable.
Ricciardo Understood. This is kind of my tempo in the meanwhile.
Stallard Tempo is sweet.
Stallard Daniel we expect plan A goal lap in the meanwhile, plan A.
Ricciardo Understood, I’ll hold you posted.
Lap: 16 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.713
Lap: 17 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.675
Lap: 18 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.886
Ricciardo What they’re doing.
Stallard Alonso 24.3. So Alonso is 8.9 seconds forward of you, Bottas is behind him.
Lap: 19 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.787
Ricciardo Struggling a bit extra with the entrance previous couple of laps.
Stallard Copy.
Ricciardo Do you suppose there’s margin for the brake two? Form two.
Stallard There’s margin for form two when you additionally put orange torque 4. Form two, torque 4.
Ricciardo Okay. Suppose I want the torque.
Lap: 20 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.687
Stallard Contemplate brake stability plus one and form two. Brake stability plus one and form two, to guard the rears on the chew. Alonso 24.2.
Lap: 21 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.649
Stallard Daniel do you suppose we’re extra like plan B or plan A.
Ricciardo Extra like plan A.
Stallard Copy.
Lap: 22 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.730
Stallard May very well be a chance, minimal pace flip 11.
Ricciardo Final lap you matched Ocon and Lando, three tenths quicker than Tsunoda. Automobiles on softs beginning to see graining, front-left.
Lap: 23 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.559
Ricciardo Alternative flip 13 barely earlier braking to set the nook up extra.
Lap: 24 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.922
Stallard Daniel front-left caliper is heat however inside limits. If you happen to pull barely left to chill… Correction, front-right caliper is heat however inside limits. If you happen to pull barely proper to chill front-right caliper you’ll have extra margin to assault Tsunoda.
Lap: 25 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.823
Ricciardo What was the hole on the DRS line? Felt like I used to be shut.
Stallard 1.3. 1.3.
Lap: 26 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.789
Stallard Tsunoda 1.1, contemplate top-left toggle turns seven to 10 to assist rotation.
Ricciardo Roger.
Lap: 27 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.530
Stallard Tsunoda 1.1.
Lap: 28 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’24.886

The primary entrance runners to pit had been those that, in contrast to the McLaren drivers, began on the comfortable compounds. The Mercedes drivers had began on mediums and opted for hards once they got here in.

McLaren seemed to be inspired by what they noticed of Lewis Hamilton’s preliminary sector occasions on hards, and swiftly introduced Norris in. In the meantime Ricciardo was instructed to push in anticipation of his pit cease.

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Lap: 29 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’24.919
Stallard The Ferrari simply pitted, Leclerc must be simply behind you.
Lap: 30 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’24.744
Stallard Okay we see Tsunoda’s pitted, Daniel. The automotive behind is Leclerc, we simply don’t need to lose time with Leclerc.
Stallard Hamilton has simply pitted for a tough, I’ll let you understand how he will get on.
Stallard Okay. Leclerc 0.5. Hamilton was inexperienced in sector three on his out-lap on arduous.
Lap: 31 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’25.432
Ricciardo Okay.
Stallard Blue harvest 5, blue harvest 5. Lando’s simply pitted. He’s going to attempt the arduous. After Tsunoda Zhou continues to be the automotive behind, 4.6 seconds behind. See what we will get out of this tyre now, DR.

Ricciardo was inside 4 seconds of his workforce mate when Norris pitted, which gave him encouragement. “I might see Lando and the blokes, they had been actually, some laps, faster,” he recalled. “However then I might reel them again. So I felt I used to be nonetheless within the struggle, which hasn’t been fairly often this yr.

“So I used to be type of simply doing my tempo and as soon as I noticed they pitted, I wasn’t actually that tempted to comply with them as a result of it simply places me in that race and I’m simply behind them.”

Lap: 32 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’24.527
Stallard Counsel crimson mid 4. Rid mid 4.
Lap: 33 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’24.526
Stallard Ocon final lap 24.3, he’s nonetheless out. Alonso and Bottas additionally nonetheless out, 23.9.
Stallard Ocon is about to be handed by Sainz so that can price him time. He’s 9 seconds forward.

Whereas Norris couldn’t ‘change on’ the hards instantly, McLaren had been intrigued to notice Vettel had began the race on a set of soppy tyres and was nonetheless going robust. They started to consider switching Ricciardo to softs as a substitute – ‘plan C’.

Ricciardo was open to the concept. “Tom saved asking me how for much longer I might go. I stated, though my tempo won’t be the quickest automotive on the observe, I felt like we will hold stretching it.

“I feel Vettel was nonetheless on a comfortable doing effectively, in order that gave me some confidence that tyre would work. And it was actually a great technique.”

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Lap: 34 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.473
Stallard Ocon has pitted. Let’s have strat 11, extra tempo.
Stallard Ocon pitted for arduous. Silver entry 5, silver entry 5. DR temperatures are beneath management in the meanwhile. We’re simply on the lookout for a great tempo on the remainder of this tyre.
Stallard So Daniel, this tempo continues to be respectable. Suggestions from the opposite automotive, arduous tyre took-one-and-a-half laps to come back in. They had been cautious braking for flip one, tough rears for one-and-a-half-laps, now it’s okay.
Lap: 35 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.297
Ricciardo Understood. It is a comparatively secure.
Stallard Lando final lap 24.2.
Lap: 36 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.408
Stallard Vettel continues to be out on comfortable, we’re contemplating plan C. It will be plan C goal minus 5 to 10. Any ideas?
Ricciardo Yep, understood, pleased.
Lap: 37 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.328
Stallard Tempo continues to be good. Zhou now 5.6 behind, Lando final lap 24.0.
Stallard And Tsunoda final lap 24.0 as effectively.
Lap: 38 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.435
Stallard This tempo is sweet Daniel. This tempo is sweet.
Stallard We’re within the window, Security Automobile and VSC, we’re within the window.
Lap: 39 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’24.631
Lap: 40 Place: 8 Lap time: 1’24.537
Lap: 41 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’24.508
Stallard Alonso simply pitted for arduous he’s going to be 5 seconds behind you.
Ricciardo Understood.
Lap: 42 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’24.986

By lap 41 Ricciardo was dropping effectively over half a second per lap in comparison with Norris, and McLaren determined it was time to deliver him in.

Lap: 43 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’24.601
Stallard Daniel, how’s the tyre?
Ricciardo Dropped off a bit that final lap nevertheless it’s nonetheless comparatively okay.
Stallard So, Daniel, we’re plan C, plan C.
Ricciardo Understood.
Lap: 44 Place: 8 Lap time: 1’27.285
Stallard Okay. Daniel, we’re field this lap. Field this lap, finish of this lap. Use the tyre now.
Ricciardo Understood. Plan C, appropriate?
Stallard Plan C.
Stallard Okay huge left flip 12 for PU temperatures on the cease.
Stallard Field this lap. field this lap.
Ricciardo Verify, field.
Lap: 45 Place: 13 Lap time: 1’42.369
Ricciardo Daniel pit lane.
Stallard Launch map, launch map. High-left toggle for entrance locking safety flip one.
Stallard Okay you’re out simply forward of Hamilton and Perez. Hamilton is 4 seconds behind.
Ricciardo What time is everybody doing?
Lap: 46 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’22.232
Stallard 23.7 is an effective reference, 23.7.
Ricciardo Okay.
Stallard Vettel behind on medium, 23.2, Vettel is eight seconds behind.
Stallard And restrict on this time shall be front-left graining. Managed the tyre flip six and switch 10. Tsunoda forward 23.7.

Ricciardo was instantly pleased with the choice to take the comfortable rubber. “As quickly as I acquired out the pits, the tyre was so a lot better,” he stated. “I might lean on it and I felt like I used to be in management.

“So I used to be like, let’s simply use this to see what it’s, see what it’s acquired. After which it stayed comparatively constant. So I type of pushed actually arduous and simply tried to handle it and it was nonetheless giving me much more tempo.”

Lap: 47 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’22.220
Stallard This tempo is sweet, Daniel, this place is great.
Lap: 48 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’22.022
Stallard Okay hole to Tsunoda 2.4, there are 23 laps to go.
Lap: 49 Place: 12 Lap time: 1’23.189
Stallard Tsunoda 1.05.

He shortly caught Tsunoda, who had began on softs and switched to mediums 15 laps earlier than Ricciardo pitted. The McLaren was a lot faster, however when Ricciardo took a half-look up the within of the AlphaTauri at flip sixt, the pair made contact, leaving his rival with race-ending bodywork injury.

There was little dialogue of the collision on the radio apart from the workforce noting Ricciardo’s automotive had emerged unscathed.

Lap: 50 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’26.383
Stallard Overtake out there.
Stallard Daniel we now have a blue flag for Hamilton. We have now a blue flag for Hamilton.
Stallard And Perez is now the automotive behind, blue flag for Perez.
Stallard Tyre pressures okay thus far, tyre pressures okay.
Ricciardo Yeah automotive’s superb, automotive’s superb. Is there extra blue flags behind Perez?
Lap: 51 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’24.887
Stallard No you’re okay now, you’re okay for a bit.
Stallard So Perez has been doing 23.1. Let’s go along with him.
Lap: 52 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’22.817
Stallard Ocon 10 is seconds forward. He ought to take these two blue flags Hamilton and Perez. Ocon final lap to 23.5.
Lap: 53 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’22.722

The stewards swiftly handed down a 10-second time penalty for a transfer they considered as “too late and too optimistic”. However McLaren, realising how robust Ricciardo’s tempo was, instructed him it made no distinction to their technique.

Lap: 54 Place: 11 Lap time: 1’22.836
Stallard Daniel, we’ve been given a 10-second penalty for that collision, we’ve been given a 10-second penalty.
Stallard The automotive behind is Latifi, simply left the pits a lap down.
Stallard Daniel, the plan continues to be the identical. Getting 10 seconds forward of those vehicles shouldn’t be unattainable. Preserve following Perez. We are able to do that.
Stallard Lando’s simply let Hamilton by way of.

Ricciardo was sad with the penalty. He’d been penalised for a collision with Carlos Sainz Jnr at Imola earlier within the yr, however on that event felt he’d made a mistake.

However he saved his counsel on the radio. “I figured they in all probability needed to do one thing,” he stated afterwards. “But in addition it’s so arduous whenever you’re within the warmth of battle.

“I didn’t keep in mind locking [up] like with Carlos in Imola, flip one, I went off the apex and slid into him. It didn’t really feel like that. I used to be going to come back on the radio and vent just a little, however I selected to say nothing, I went fairly darkish after which simply determined to maintain pushing and attempt to make up for it.”

Ricciardo’s frustration was little question soothed by choosing up a place from his workforce mate, who was instructed to let him by. “Daniel is the automotive behind Perez,” Will Joseph suggested Norris, “he shall be faster than you, let him go, he has a 10-second penalty.”

Lap: 55 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’22.859
Stallard Let’s go get Bottas, Daniel.
Stallard Bottas has blue flags now.
Lap: 56 Place: 10 Lap time: 1’23.428

Ricciardo picked up one other place from Bottas and closed on the 2 Alpines – McLaren’s primary championship rivals. As he closed on them, Alonso’s automotive developed an engine drawback and he was a straightforward goal. Ricciardo additionally took Ocon for seventh.

Lap: 57 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’22.616
Stallard Good job, Daniel. Now, let’s hold pulling away from him, hold pulling away. He’s going to take a blue flag from Russell, that can enhance the hole.
Stallard Ocon is six seconds forward. He’ll take the blue flags shortly.
Lap: 58 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’23.016
Stallard Bottas is taking a blue flag proper behind you now. Alonso is gradual on the straight, he’s misplaced battery. Alonso is seven seconds forward.
Ricciardo Understood.
Stallard Ocon has blue flags.
Lap: 59 Place: 9 Lap time: 1’23.458
Stallard Okay hole to Bottas is already 5.5. Let’s hold pulling on him. We are able to get Ocon.
Ricciardo Understood.
Lap: 60 Place: 8 Lap time: 1’24.437

Along with his superior tempo, Ricciardo now needed to pull out a 10-second lead over Ocon to negate the impact of his post-race penalty. However he was susceptible to being lapped by George Russell, who was closing in behind.

“In the previous few laps I used to be fairly nervous as a result of George was so near getting a blue flag for me and I knew I might lose a few seconds with that and that may have dropped me again into Ocon,” stated Ricciardo. “So I used to be pushing like hell simply to attempt to maintain that two-second hole.”

To Ricciardo’s aid, Russell made an additional pit cease to suit a recent set of tyres in a bid to set the quickest lap and take a bonus level. That meant Ricciardo didn’t should gradual for blue flags, saving him valuable seconds. “I’ll purchase him a beer,” Ricciardo joked after the race.

Lap: 61 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.804
Stallard Okay we need to hold the hole on, Russell, Daniel, hold the hole on Russell. Russell final lap, 23.4.
Stallard Use extra [lift and coast] flip 12.
Lap: 62 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.740
Stallard Okay Bottas 6.3. If you happen to can keep forward from Russell that is do-able. 9 to go.
Ricciardo Simply inform Russell George to remain behind. That’ll assist.
Stallard PU temperatures are good now.
Lap: 63 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.735
Stallard Thought of torque 4 to guard the rears, your name.
Ricciardo Is my time to George good?
Stallard 22.7. Bottas 24.1 hole is 8.0.

Ricciardo’s effort to construct up a lead was briefly interrupted when the Digital Security Automobile was deployed in response to Alonso’s retirement. It didn’t final lengthy, nonetheless, to the frustration of Norris, who was lobbying McLaren to make use of the chance to pit him for a set of softs.

Lap: 64 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’36.245
Stallard Okay Bottas 9.3, Alonso 8.1, Ocon 5.8. That is good Daniel. Russell 1.7 behind.
Stallard Digital Security Automobile. Digital Security Automobile. Delta constructive. Daniel, recharge on.
Stallard So drive to the delta. DR cool the automotive the place you’ll be able to. Keep in mind to keep away from sharpening brakes. So this yellow flag is for Alonso stopped at flip one. Ocon is at the moment 12 seconds behind. Lando 14, Bottas 17.
Lap: 65 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’26.779
Stallard They’re shifting the automotive now. This might finish quickly. VSC ending, recharge off. Recharge off.
Stallard Ocon seven seconds, Ocon seven seconds.

Over the ultimate laps Ricciardo pulled out the hole he wanted over Ocon, thanks partly to Russell pitting.

Lap: 66 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.662
Stallard 5 laps to go Russell 2.5, Ocon 7.5.
Lap: 67 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.667
Stallard Okay all temperatures are good. Russell 2.2. Ocon 8.6. Daniel, lift-and-coast just for tyres.
Ricciardo Understood.
Lap: 68 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.801
Ricciardo What time did Russell simply do?
Stallard Russell 22 5. Hole is 2.0, Ocon 9.6. Three to go.
Lap: 69 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’22.955
Stallard Strat 9, strat 9. Russell 2.1, Ocon 10.5. Russell pit lane.
Stallard Ocon final lap, 23.8. Ocon final lap 23.8.
Ricciardo Okay. Yeah, that was my query.
Stallard Hole 10.8.

He took the chequered flag contained in the points-paying positions for under the sixth time this yr.

Lap: 70 Place: 7 Lap time: 1’23.318
Stallard Ocon 11.2, that is the final lap, 11.4.
Stallard Ocon 11.7.
Ending place: 7
Stallard Nicely accomplished, Daniel. Nicely accomplished. Ocon 12.1. Good job, buddy. Good job. P7. We have to cool the automotive on the in-lap. So excessive pace and massive lift-offs please. Precedence on cooling. Gas’s superb.
Ricciardo Okay, understood. Alrighty, that was enjoyable.
Stallard Yeah nice work, mate. Nice work, racing the highest vehicles on the finish. That was good. And made up for the penalty. Simply drive quicker, proper?
Ricciardo Yep. Alrighty, cool beans.
Stallard Yeah. Actually good job. So ending order was Verstappen, Hamilton, Perez, Russell, Sainz. Leclerc, your self, Ocon, Lando, Bottas.
Ricciardo So clearly good name on technique. Superb name, thanks.
Stallard Simply take care by way of 13,14 in case there’s folks there for the rostrum stuff. We’re coming again to the pit lane, though it feels such as you deserve extra. Nicely accomplished buddy, that’s actually good.
Stallard Good DR. Massive fan of your work. It’s essential to flip the automotive totally off, so kill the engine, wait 5 seconds, then kill it, flip totally off. Hopefully there’ll be some guys to place calliper followers in.

Not solely did the outcome come as a aid to Ricciardo, he was happy to have had a uncommon race wherein he felt he might assault. “Even the factors finishes, even in all probability final yr, I really feel we had been usually defending than attacking,” he stated. “So simply to have an attacking race, particularly for me with this automotive, to really feel like I can assault just a little bit extra with it, it’s only a good feeling.”

Nonetheless with simply two races left as a McLaren driver, Ricciardo isn’t getting carried away about his future possibilities on the premise of a single robust race.

“I assume higher late than by no means,” he stated on Sunday night in Mexico Metropolis. “I’m going to take at the moment for what it’s. I’m going to take pleasure in it and recognize that we did our tempo and it was superior and no matter.

“I hope it signifies that it’ll be like that the following two races, however I don’t need to be detrimental, however I don’t even need to look forward. I simply need to take at the moment for what it’s and hopefully we’ve learnt one thing from it.”

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