Despite the poor performance in Austin, Ricciardo opted to concentrate on the positives and assured that he would come back stronger for the Mexican Grand Prix.
He also noted that it was encouraging that he managed to complete 56 laps without encountering any significant issues with his left hand.
“I actually felt probably worse [after the Saturday sprint race]...so maybe that was just a good little good warm up for me,” he added. “There's positives. Physically, it's definitely a tougher race. I still felt OK, we were just limited with damage.
“For sure, there's things which I take confidence from: some race fitness, the hand, a few things, which even just getting behind the wheel in FP1 like lap one, I felt like I was able to push and lean on it.
“There's certainly some inner confidence in that. But I would say in race conditions, next week I'll do better.”
Yuki Tsunoda, Ricciardo's teammate at AlphaTauri, secured an eighth-place finish and claimed the fastest lap in Austin, the team's best result of the season.
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