Daniel Ricciardo finished top of Formula 1’s midfield in Sunday’s US Grand Prix for the third time this year, but the result appears too little too late for Renault’s championship battle with McLaren.
The Renault driver came home in P6, with Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull drivers occupying the top five. Ricciardo’s result saw him finish in front of the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.
Ricciardo said he was “really pleased” with the result, adding that the team’s goal in Austin was to beat McLaren, who sit fourth in the Constructors Championship.
McLaren’s lead over Renault in the Constructors sits at 38 points, a gap that’s unchanged from Mexico as both teams scored 10 points in Sunday’s race.
“It was a strong race and we showed good pace,” Ricciardo commented.
He finished top of the midfield earlier this year in Canada and again in Italy.
McLaren’s drivers had mixed feelings about the Grand Prix, with Lando Norris describing the majority of the running as “tough” while Carlos Sainz felt he could’ve achieved more if he wasn’t involved in first-lap contact.
Norris, who finished less than a second behind Ricciardo, said he “struggled a lot” compared to Ricciardo in the later laps.
McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl said he was just pleased to secure points in Austin, a stark difference to last week’s Mexican Grand Prix, where McLaren failed to score any.
“It was good to secure another 10 vital points in our fight for P4 in the Constructors’ Championship,” he said.