Daniel Ricciardo: “The race went as well as it could”

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team took only their second two-car points finish of 2015 in Bahrain but it was a close run thing, with Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault power unit emitting a plume of smoke as it crossed the finish line in sixth position. Daniil Kvyat also finished inside the points in ninth after starting seventeenth.

Ricciardo’s car crossed the finish line with another broken Renault power unit, but felt finishing sixth in Bahrain was the best he could have achieved. He now moves on to the first race of the European season onto his fourth and potentially final power unit of the season.

“I think the race went as well as it could and I drove well to finish sixth,” said Ricciardo. “The chassis is working better and through the corners we are more or less there; we’ll move onto Europe and see if we can get further up the grid and keep improving.

“The weekend went pretty smooth for me until the end of the race, I don’t know what happened, but the team will have a look at it.”

Team-mate Kvyat managed to recover from his difficult qualifying effort where he could only qualify seventeenth to finish inside the points in ninth, but admitted that he and the team now need to analyse the weekend to make improvements.

“I enjoyed the race today, it put a smile on my face,” said Kvyat. “We had a good recovery to finish in the points. We gathered a lot of data to analyse and see what improvements can be made so we can move forward.

“As a team we want to improve and we’re all working hard to get there – I can feel good vibes are coming.”