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“Felt good in the car,” says AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo after making his return to F1

Mogyorod [Hungary], July 26 (ANI): Daniel Ricciardo made a comeback to Formula 1 after a 12 months as AlphaTauri fired driver Nyck de Vries and introduced him as alternative.

In the Hungary Grand Prix, Ricciardo completed within the thirteenth place.

After half a season on the sidelines serving because the reserve driver for Red Bull, Ricciardo was introduced to be driving for AlphaTauri for the remainder of the season, beginning in Hungary. And he lined up in thirteenth forward of his first race since November 20, 2022, in Abu Dhabi.

“Fortunately, the damage was really minor, and I could get on with it. After that, we made a good race. I’d say it was pretty much impossible from the tail of the field to get anywhere inside the points,” Ricciardo stated, in response to the Formula 1 web site.

“But I think we still put on a strong showing. I felt good. I felt good in the car and that was something that was certainly a question mark, not doing it for eight months, especially around here it’s a tough track. So, other than Lap 1, Turn 1, a good day. Obviously, we are operating at a little lower level of grip than the front cars. It feels relatively balanced, I just think we need to try and find some overall downforce.”Teammate Yuki Tsunoda completed fifteenth after beginning the race from seventeenth. Reflecting on his Sunday in Budapest, the Japanese driver stated that they selected to begin the race on the smooth compound tyre right this moment to realize as many positions as doable early within the race.

“The start was good, and I managed to make up quite a few places, so I’m happy with my performance. I had pace and was managing my tyres well today, especially on the soft compound, but unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out, so together with the team we’ll look at it. It’s a shame because the pace was there.” (ANI)