The French Grand Prix was one of mixed emotions for the McLaren F1 Team, with both drivers leaving the Circuit Paul Ricard disappointed despite scoring points.
Lando Norris finished in seventh-place, whereas Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth at the French venue.
However, despite the positive double points finish, the team slipped to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.
The Alpine F1 Team managed an even better double points finish at their home GP, with Fernando Alonso finishing P6 and Esteban Ocon P8.
Norris and Ricciardo both complained about their “race pace”, with the duo finding that they got progressively slower as the race went on.
Norris also complained about tyre degradation, on his way to yet another points finish.
The team had installed some upgrades for the weekend which appear to have somewhat worked.
The team have rarely managed to score double points finishes this season; however, they did so comfortably in France.
Ricciardo was also considerably closer to making it to Q3 during qualifying last Saturday, after being regularly eliminated in Q2.
The Australian’s future continues to be a highly talked about topic, with a number of drivers, including Sebastian Vettel, rumoured to be a possibility should Ricciardo and McLaren part ways.
Ricciardo is looking increasingly unlikely to be leaving the Woking-based team at the end of the season, with the 33-year-old under contract for 2023.
The Honey Badger has spoken a number of times about his intent to see his contract out, before deciding on his next move.
The Australian driver is a favourite amongst fans for his contagious smile and incredible sense of humour, something which was seen once again during the post-race debriefs.
Ricciardo, who is half-Italian, was speaking to Italian media whilst Norris was standing next in line.
The Aussie appears to be in need of practicing his Italian, after accidentally calling Norris an a**hole three-times.
“Lando, Il stronzo,” said Ricciardo, before repeating “stronzo” a few more times.
“Stronzo” translates to a**hole, something the McLaren driver was completely oblivious to.
The reporter was in shock by what Ricciardo said, resulting in Ricciardo immediately questioning if he had said something bad.
“Oh, is it not a good word? Is it really bad?” Ricciardo asked.
Whilst the reporter was in shock, Norris had absolutely no idea what his team-mate had called him.