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Ricciardo optimistic despite lost mileage

4 July 2014

Daniel Ricciardo believes he and Red Bull are in good shape for the remainder of the British Grand Prix despite sporadic issues limiting his mileage relative to his rivals.

The Canadian Grand Prix winner ended the day with the fourth fastest time, marking a substantial improvement over the previous event in Austria which saw the RB10 significantly off the pace, despite losing time with niggling problems.

Completing 32 laps in total, Ricciardo is confident the Red Bull is better suited to the challenges of Silverstone, suggesting the problems in Austria represent a 'one-off'.

“We had a few issues in the afternoon but I think we will be fine for tomorrow,” he said. “We found some speed in FP2 with the prime, which was really good, though the option could definitely be better, we didn't really gain any time there. If we get it all together tomorrow I think we will be closer to the Mercedes and hopefully ahead of the Ferrari.

“The car behaved better in medium to high speed corners, I would say we are back to our stronger points, so I think Austria for now is a one-off.”

A dry but very windy day at Silverstone, Ricciardo admitted the gusts was having an effect on the balance of the car and suggests it is why the two sessions saw a few errors.

“[The wind] played a big role. It changes throughout the lap. On corners with the headwind, the car is really nice and you feel a lot of downforce, but the corners with the tailwind it feels like there is are no wings - it feels pretty ugly! I think that also explains a few mistakes from drivers today.”


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