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Ricciardo hopeful Toro Rosso won’t slip back

Daniel Ricciardo says he hopes Toro Rosso won't drop behind Caterham in the F1 pecking order
Daniel Ricciardo says he is confident that Toro Rosso won't slip behind Caterham in the F1 pecking order, despite Heikki Kovalainen beating both the Australian and his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne in qualifying in Valencia last time out.

Caterham is set to introduce a new upgrade at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in an effort to try and make strides into the midfield, with Toro Rosso seen by some as the team most at risk of slipping back down the order as a result.

However, Ricciardo said he was sure that he wasn't worried about the potential threat of Caterham and wasn't concerned about struggling to make it through the first stage of qualifying ahead of the former Lotus squad.

"No, not at all,” he told ESPNF1. “Although I do believe they've got some more updates for Silverstone - some that they are quite modest about - and it will probably work and they had good pace in Valencia.

"I think with overall pace we're still a fair bit in front, it's just the qualifying we have to soak a bit more out of. I think it's between us drivers and also understanding a bit more with the tyres. But then our race pace still seems to be quite a bit stronger than theirs.

“I think if we don't get on top of our qualifying they will have more opportunities to be in front of us, but I still think our race pace will clearly be better than theirs."

So far this season, Ricciardo has been the stronger qualifier of the Toro Rosso pairing, although he said the rivalry between himself and Vergne was healthy as the duo try to push the team forwards.

“I guess the first thing is that you look at your team-mate, but if we're 17th and 18th then even if I'm 0.3s or 0.4s quicker than him it's not going to give me a great sense of satisfaction,” he said. “I think we've always got to push for more. He's had some strong races and I think the last few have been stronger.

"I'm finding a bit more, which is good for the Sunday, so that's encouraging. If I can keep working this way then in qualifying I think I've already got a bit of an edge and in the race hopefully I can run away and get my nose clean in front. But in saying that, we can't really afford to try to push each other down because as a team we've got to try and get each other up. The rivalry is pretty good at the moment. I'd say it's healthy."




Related Pictures

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22.06.2012- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
10.06.2012- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 leads Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
22.06.2012- Free Practice 1, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
07.06.2012- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.04.2014- pole position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10, 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- After Qualifying Press Conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- pole position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10, 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9

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MrQwerty

July 02, 2012 7:36 PM

I think both Toro Rosso drivers are very talented. If one of them becomes the long term Webber replacement I would have to give the edge to Ricciardo as he seems to have the natural speed. His racecraft is by no means poor, but it's an area he could do with working on, but that should be fine with experience.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 6:46 PM

He's a talented boy, drifting the Red Bull through Molecomb on the way back down the Goodwood Hill on Saturday. J-E V has a mountain to climb to get on terms with him.



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