“Something has to change” at McLaren after Daniel Ricciardo’s disappointing 12th place at the Spanish Grand Prix, according to former driver Martin Brundle.
For the fifth time in six races this season, Ricciardo failed to finish in the points, leaving him languishing in 11th place in the drivers’ championship.
His 11 world championship points compare unfavorably to teammate Lando Norris, who scored 39 points.
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Norris battled tonsillitis in Spain but still managed to finish eighth.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports F1, Brundle said the current situation could not continue.
“McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo must both be very concerned about his relative lack of pace at the moment, no matter what tires they threw at him in the race,” he wrote.
“Something has to change there.”
Speaking after the race, Ricciardo said he didn’t know why he was so slow.
“I wasn’t there from the start. And it wasn’t like I had any understeer – I mean, I did – but it was just a general lack of grip,” said he declared.
“I thought at the start of the race it was very, very slow. I thought, okay, maybe, I don’t know, the temperatures just got too high or something with the tires. .
“You know, [at] in the beginning you obviously fight against cars and maybe things like that can happen. We did a three-stage race, so I had four sets of tires today and I was very, very slow on all of them, so I’m not sure.
“[A] really, really sad race.”
Ricciardo could find himself with a new team-mate for this week’s Monaco Grand Prix, if Norris is not fit to take his place.
The 22-year-old fought valiantly at Barcelona, describing it as ‘one of the toughest runs ever’.
Should he miss the Monaco race, McLaren could field an all-Australian line-up, with Oscar Piastri confirmed earlier this year as one of the team’s reserves.
McLaren boss Zak Brown has said Norris will be assessed in the coming days.
“He still isn’t feeling well today, but he has four days to recover,” Brown told Sky Sports.
“Sitting here now, he still doesn’t feel well.
“He was very ill. We weren’t even sure he would get the doctor’s clearance to drive, but luckily he did. He’s a tough guy and he drove really well.
“He has tonsillitis and is in bed now, so hopefully he will be fine for the weekend in Monaco.”
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