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DANIEL Ricciardo made a promising start to Formula One’s pre-season by driving his Red Bull to the fastest time and the most laps on the track near Barcelona.

Ricciardo clocked 1 minute, 20.179 seconds before rain and cold track temperatures that dipped below seven degrees kept most cars off the tarmac.

The Aussie star bucked that trend and braved the poor conditions to be the only driver to reach the 100-lap mark.

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton managed to get in 25 laps before the weather turned unfavourable after teammate Valtteri Bottas had his turn behind the wheel for Mercedes.

Somewhere in the middle of the pack is Daniel Ricciardo.
Somewhere in the middle of the pack is Daniel Ricciardo.Source: Getty Images

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F1 news 2021: Daniel Ricciardo reveals major flaw, Lando Norris battle, McLaren problem, Portugal GP results

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Daniel Ricciardo was happy to bounce back at the Portuguese Grand Prix after a horror run in qualifying but knew there were issues he and McLaren must address.

The Aussie F1 star was knocked out in Q1 as qualifying turned into a disaster, but was able to move up from 16th on the grid to finish ninth in the main event and walk away with some points.

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Post-race Ricciardo spoke in general terms about what was going wrong, having finished behind teammate Lando Norris for the third successive time this season. While the young Brit finished on the podium in Italy and came fourth in Bahrain and Portugal, Ricciardo only managed to cross the line seventh and sixth in the first two races of the year.

Teething problems were to be expected with a new team after leaving Renault at the end of 2020, and Ricciardo spoke on the weekend about the difficulties he was facing in his new car and the need to tweak some things with its set-up.

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F1 2021, Spanish Grand Prix: Oscar Piastri wants to join Daniel Ricciardo in the top flight next year

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Australian motorsport sensation Oscar Piastri has declared his intention to join Daniel Ricciardo in Formula One as soon as next year.

The 20-year-old from Melbourne is the reigning Formula 3 world champion and has set his eyes on taking out the Formula 2 championship this year.

Being managed and mentored by Australian racing great Mark Webber, Piastri said his ambitions to spend two years racing on the second tier had changed.

A race victory in the opening round of the Formula 2 season has emboldened Piastri, who is fourth in the driver standings, to chase his Formula one dream sooner.

“I think I’m definitely going to be pushing to try and get there next year,” Piastri said.

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F1 news 2021, Portuguese Grand Prix, results, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, next race, standings

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Max Verstappen has fired back at Nico Rosberg’s comments about him realising just “how good” Lewis Hamilton is now he is going up against him so closely.

Hamilton, after slipping to third in the Portuguese Grand Prix on the weekend, pounced on a small error from Verstappen to overtake the Red Bull and then pass his teammate Valtteri Bottas to claim his second win of the season.

And after what Rosberg described as a “phenomenal” race, the 2016 world champion claimed the Dutchman was only now realising what it’s like to race Hamilton so closely every week.

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Ricciardo apologises for sloppy error

Ricciardo apologises for sloppy error

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