The Australian conceded that the lack of margin for error in the last two street events in Monaco and Baku has given him fewer opportunities to explore the limits of the car.
However, he believes that the course of three races in France and Austria – including two consecutive weekends at the latter site – will give him more leeway.
Ricciardo has struggled throughout the season to adapt his driving style to the demands of the McLaren, although he has made good progress in recent weeks.
“What’s frustrating is that I kind of know what he needs,” he said.
“But it’s so hard to get it right. And it’s just such a small window. So there will be a round where I can do it.
“But repeating those 55 consecutive laps or whatever, that’s where it’s difficult.
“And I think that’s why I’m happy to finish the race and keep trying and making mistakes and all that stuff.
“So I’m looking forward to open circuits, circuits that are more forgiving of mistakes.
“And I think that will probably speed up my learning in a triple header just to keep some rhythm going.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, in the pits
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Ricciardo suffered a heavy crash in Q2 in Azerbaijan and started 13th, although he recovered to score points with ninth place in the race.
“It’s a street circuit, if you’re going to push to the limit then there is already a risk that things will happen,” he said.
“And then if I’m still trying to find probably where exactly the limit is, then the probability is obviously a little higher.
“It’s obviously a shame that it bit me in qualifying, as opposed to maybe training, but at the same time qualifying is where you try to really make the most of everything you’ve got. learned of the car and get out of it.
“I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m pretty excited to go to Le Castellet, and I’m obviously getting enough lead, I would say, basic to maybe get away with a few more mistakes on .
“The kind of familiarity of that, and then I guess a dual program in Austria will hopefully make that kind of learning phase a little easier. But that’s what it is. a razor’s edge, and I’m just trying to make the most of it. “