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After a disappointing weekend at Silverstone, Ricciardo had no answers for his lack of pace through the Grand Prix. 

Whilst a DRS issue negatively impacted his afternoon, the Australian admitted that his overall performance was - regardless of this - not enough as he languished at the back.

Looking ahead to Austria, Ricciardo is optimistic that he can return to the points, though there is still no clarity on the root of his issues. 

"It was definitely a pretty dark race. We were just very, very, very slow, a long way off the pace. We're still trying to get to the bottom of it, to be honest. 

In a way, I like having a back-to-back, so we can try to strike back, but it obviously doesn't give us a whole lot of time to diagnose what happened at the weekend. 

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The most simple way [to explain how it felt] was a lack of grip.

I simply didn't feel I had the grip as the cars around me, so I was just operating at a different level from that point. 

Certainly a puzzling race and a frustrating one. There were certainly opportunities ahead, but we'll come back, and maybe it's a good thing I don't have too long to dwell on it."

The McLaren and Ricciardo partnership has failed to meet the lofty expectations of 18 months ago. However, with twelve rounds left in the season, there is still an opportunity to gather momentum. 

However, considering the lack of progress from this year, you would be forgiven for being sceptical.