30 June 2013
British Grand Prix: Ricciardo rues 'missed opportunity'
Daniel Ricciardo: Today we were quicker than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly [Felipe] Massa who had a tyre problem is a bit disappointing...
After a dramatic British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo was left ruing a late safety car that arguably prevented him from finishing higher than his eventual eighth place.
The young Australian had a relatively quiet afternoon following a strong qualifying performance on Saturday, which saw him secure sixth on the grid, although he actually started from fifth after Paul di Resta's Force India was demoted to the back.
In the end he picked up four points, increasing his tally for the F1 2013 season to eleven, two shy of team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne.
“That was a chaotic race, but for most of it I was in a reasonably strong position,” said the Aussie. “I didn't get the best of starts, but managed to make up for that, however I then lost a bit of time at both pit stops. Towards the end of the race, I had a very good pace but I think we might have done better with a different strategy when the last Safety Car came out as prior to that I could match the Force India and the Ferraris.
“At the end we were on used tyres and those who changed for a third time were able to pass me. Eighth is a good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity to score more points, because today we were quicker than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly [Felipe] Massa who had a tyre problem, is a bit disappointing.”
“I don't know what was happening with the tyres, as I kept seeing people going off the track and there was debris everywhere,” he added.
“It was a little bit dangerous and we need to look into it. For my part, I just had normal degradation.”
Team principal Franz Tost meanwhile also felt the team had the potential for a much better result, and highlighted a series of incidents that cost Ricciardo time, moments which were overlooked in the wake of the chaos that impacted upon the rest of the grand prix.
“Daniel had three issues today: he lost time at the first pit stop when we struggled to get one wheel off the car and that lost him track position, then at the second stop, we had to delay his release as another car was coming in, again losing about three seconds. Finally, with the last Safety Car we had a difficult choice to make, as his tyres were old and we did not have others that were particularly new to put on, but the guys behind did pit for newer tyres and inevitably they managed to get past,” Tost explained.
“[Overall] we had been hoping for better this afternoon. On the positive side [though], we can be pleased that in performance terms, the car has clearly continued to improve and now we only have a few days to wait before we can try and turn that improvement into a more significant number of points at the Nurburgring.”
by Philip Barclay
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