Daniel Ricciardo has finished out of the points in the final round of the Formula 1® season at the Abu Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The circuit proved challenging to overtake with the McLaren driver unable to pass the Alpines after a strong start off the line.
“We made a position on the first lap, which put us in the fight with the Alpines. I felt like I had a bit more pace than them, but it was honestly just really tricky to overtake. We tried to stick it out but with the Virtual Safety Car we lost positions,” said Ricciardo.
“I think in clear air I would’ve had a bit more pace to show, but it was just tricky with track position.
“That’s what happens when you qualify a little too far back. Something I want to improve next year is the performance on Saturdays, and I think that’ll make the Sundays a bit easier.
Ricciardo thanked the team and had a message for his fans.
“Thanks to the team for their hard work this year. We’ve had some fantastic moments, Monza being the highlight, and I can’t wait to build on the progress we’ve made in 2021,” he said.
“Before that, I’m looking forward to heading home, recharging the batteries a bit and getting ready to come back fighting next year.”
The Australian will return to Perth in the coming weeks after being unable to get home between the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Ricciardo rounded out the season eighth in the driver standings with 115-points.