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Toro Rosso 'missed an opportunity' in Melbourne

"When we did not choose the best tyre strategy and this afternoon, Daniel struggled to find any grip in the early stages and was then forced to retire with a reliability problem," said the team principal.

"It felt like I was driving on ice,' Ricciardo said of those tricky first laps. "It took a very long time to warm up the tyres. Afterwards, after about ten laps, I got up to speed and my lap times were not too bad, but by then I had lost too much time in the early stages. I think we have more homework to do when it comes to the tyres," he added.

"Not the ending I wanted for the first Grand Prix of the season, especially here in my home race," sighed Ricciardo, who was already looking forward to next week's race in Malaysia for better fortunes.



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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 9:26 AM

Common guys, don't get too upset. Last year in Melbourne managed to score 2 points but this happened because of too many retirements and problems that many teams faced. Know they are a lot more reliable. At least Toro Rosso looked faster than Williams and maybe Sauber on race pace as well. Toro Rosso looks better placed to challenge Force India and getting their much desired 6th place in the constructors at the end of the year. But I must say that I doubt that the midfiled teams will impress as much as last year. The top teams looks such solid and reliable.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 10:34 PM

I think the Williams and possibly the Sauber may have more aero potential and don't suit Melbourne, they should be stronger on more conventional tracks and conditions.



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