Formula One tried the new gloves for drivers at the Turkish Grand Prix weekend. The new gloves are more flame resistant than the previous gloves, a step taken by F1 after the accident of Romain Grosjean. Daniel Ricciardo is one of the first drivers to give a thumb’s up to the new gloves.
Many drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, etc. were given new flame-resistant gloves in the practice session in Turkey. Hamilton swapped the new gloves to his old ones while Daniel mentioned that he hardly felt the difference.
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I didn’t notice the difference: Daniel Ricciardo
“I used them… I didn’t notice the difference. I’m also not very fussy with kit… but completely fine for me. It’s a nice addition without any downside.” said the Aussie driver.
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during the race REUTERS/Murad Sezer
FIA Race Director Michael Masi explained why they have introduced the new gloves.“Due to Romain’s incident, it was an area we started working on immediately, and I think we identified very quickly that it was an area we could improve.
The initial feedback from the drivers is ‘Yup, all good’. There are a couple of fine-tuning elements with a couple of the brands, but nothing insurmountable.” said Masi.
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The Aussie driver analyzes his Turkish GP
Daniel Ricciardo started the Turkish GP in P20 and finished in P13. The McLaren driver never really looked comfortable during the circuit and did not have the pace in the car. He described the experience as pretty painful.
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna
“I don’t really want to have to talk through it–it was pretty painful!. We weren’t quick. I thought at the beginning, we’d be able to cut through the field a bit easier, but we got through a couple of cars and then it was just stalemate.” said Daniel.
The race and the result was a one-off for Ricciardo as, since the end of the summer break, he has found form. He would hope to shrug off the result and head to Austin, hoping for a better result.
Was Turkey a one-off for Daniel? Let us know.
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