Ricciardo explains struggle in Japan

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2016 in Suzuka.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20161009-00736 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Although Max Verstappen finished second in the recent Japanese Grand Prix, his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo toiled hard to finish sixth, but he now knows why he struggled to find the pace at Suzuka.

Speaking to media ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Ricciardo explained, “There was a little bit we found out afterwards with the fuel flow metre. There is still a little bit of inconsistency, and you see even across cars, and that is some have a little bit more on them than others, and it is just sometimes luck of the draw.”

Ricciardo also pointed out that his car was bottoming out on the main straight, scrubbing off speed in the process.

“It looked like I was grounding a bit more as well. So scrubbing off a bit more speed on the straights. So a couple things which probably emphasized it,” reflected the Australian, who expects the issues to be resolved for the race in Austin.

“But both of us have got new power units here, our fifth and last one for the year. So hopefully it is all pretty good again,” added Ricciardo  who lies third in the 2016 F1 world championship standings with four races remaining.