Daniel Ricciardo says getting comfortable with the brakes in his McLaren is one of the biggest adjustments he has to make since joining the team.
“It is certainly different again so I am still probably adapting or adjusting to that,” he said. “Going from Red Bull to Renault and Renault to McLaren, probably the braking is the biggest thing which it seems like you need to adapt.
“That’s one where I’m still trying to get on top of it and understand where the limit is, of the car. But I think generally in the past couple of years it looks like they’ve had a pretty good car on braking.”
Ricciardo is hopeful he’ll be able to perform some of his characteristic late-braking passes once he’s sussed the brakes in his new car.
“I think that once I’m up to speed [it] should be a pretty good one and hopefully [you’ll] see some good passes from me again, some late ones,” he said.
“With the braking it’s more probably just a mechanical feeling. I think even things like new cars, new pedals and positioning, it’s probably more just a feel on that physically than anything else for now.”
The changes to F1 car aerodynamics to reduce downforce have also altered their handling characteristics, said Ricciardo.
“I have seen a few more cars sliding, for sure. I’m not sure they’re quite there with the rear grip yet. So I think most people are probably still suffering some losses with with the floor change.”
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