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Belgian Grand Prix: Ricciardo relieved to salvage a point

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo was delighted to slip into the points late in the Belgian Grand Prix, especially after the rain on Saturday meant he started from 19th place on the grid.
A strong final stint in the Belgian Grand Prix was enough to put Daniel Ricciardo into a points position by the end of the 44-lap race, which was no mean feat since a disastrous qualifying session for Toro Rosso saw the Australian relegated to 19th place on the grid.

“It was nice to get that point!" admitted Ricciardo. "We knew we had to move on from yesterday. I had said that starting where we were, getting in the points would be good, so I'm happy with that and with the pace we showed while fighting to get there."

Ricciardo explained that putting in a long first run on the prime tyres was the bedrock to his achievement later in the race when he put in the mandatory stint on the options.

"We ran a long first stint on the Hards and I think that helped us build a good base to have a strong pace in the final stints on the medium," he said. "I felt much more comfortable on the Option tyre and that's when my race really started.

"With the last set of tyres I was knocking out maybe ten or so qualifying laps and managed to pick off some cars in front to bring home that crucial point," he added.

His team mate Jean-Eric Vergne wasn't quite so lucky, and despite starting one place ahead of Ricciardo on the grid he ended up out of the points in 12th place behind McLaren's Sergio Perez for reasons beyond his control.

“I think we could have done a bit better than this twelfth place," he said. "My pace was good until the final stint when I had a slow puncture almost right from the start of it, which meant my performance dropped off.

"I managed to get past Hulkenberg with an exciting move, but I could not close to Perez ahead of me and then my team-mate Daniel came up behind me on new tyres," he recalled. "It was hard for me to be competitive therefore in the final stint.

"A bit of a weekend to forget as it could have ended so much better, if we had not made a mistake in qualifying," he sighed. "But at least when things were going well it seems that our car has picked up some speed that was lacking just before the break."

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August 25, 2013 11:45 PM

Great job by Dan, shown why he deserves that Redbull seat. Sure without those couple of retirements in Kimi and Paul he probably wouldn't of finished in the points, but he had to put himself in a position to benefit from them. Interesting comments from Mark before about the 2nd Redbull seat...


August 27, 2013 2:42 AM
Last Edited 820 days ago

My comment wasnt just aimed at you Richard, but yes you do love to tell us how the aussies are not good enough for the RB seat, so you can take from that what you will. Dan has qualified his car sometimes up to a second faster than his teammate Richard, thats a spanking, and he's finished more races in front of his teammate so how you can say Vergne is the faster racer overall baffles me. Vergne has more points but they are from fewer race finishes, which just means he's had the odd race where things have gone his way. DR ran most of the race on harder tyres on the weekend (which were slower), and then changed to the options and passed his teammate on the way to points from 19th. I dont know what else the guy has to do to convince his doubters. They always say its easier to teach a fast guy to be a little conservative at times than to teach a slow guy how to be fast, and qualifying is about outright speed, unlike the races these days which are tyre conservation races.

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