Date published: December 27 2018
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he stopped caring about the intra-team statistics as reliability became a factor in a dismal 2018 for the Australian.
He took two victories in the opening six races, but from there, he failed to score another podium in the remaining fifteen races.
“I think I got to a point, probably around the mid-season break, where I just didn’t care about the stats anymore,” Ricciardo admitted.
“I knew I was probably going to get done in qualifying this year, who cares? I may end up with fewer points, who cares?
“I just want to do what I can and if it works, it works and if it doesn’t life goes on. Of course, I did care, but it was just that I didn’t want to put it on a pedestal.
“I already had so many other things on my mind. I didn’t need to fill it with more expectations. If I did the best job I could, maybe I could beat him but if not, so be it and I’ll live to fight another day.”
Despite a decent start to the season, the Australian admitted that it was far from perfect, even with two victories…
“When you think about it, I won two out of six, but with the other four actually, there was always some drama,” he added.
“In Melbourne, I had a penalty before the season even began, so I was already ready to put my fricking elbow through a wall.
“In Bahrain, my race was over after a lap. In China, I win in kind of a spectacular fashion. Then there’s Baku, and we all know what happened in Baku. In Barcelona, I spun behind the safety car and then in Monaco I won.
“As good as the first six races were, it kind of shaped the whole year really and that craziness has continued.”