Daniel Ricciardo: “We didn’t have the best race today”

by Paul Hensby

After qualifying in fourth, Daniel Ricciardo was disappointed to finish down in seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday.

The Red Bull Racing driver lost a position to team-mate Max Verstappen at the start after getting slightly compromised by Nico Rosberg returning to the track following his off-track moment, and despite being faster than Verstappen he was unable to get ahead, and then was forced into an earlier second pit stop due to a flat spot on his tyre that left him behind Kimi Raikkonen.

Ricciardo was downbeat after the race, but is looking to get back on track next weekend at the European Grand Prix at Baku.

“The start initially was okay, the Mercedes were really slow so there wasn’t really anywhere to go and then out of Turn 2 with Rosberg coming back on, I had to go on the inside, Max was on the outside and then I lost a position there,” said Ricciardo.

“Then we were a bit quicker than Max on the first stint with the Ultrasofts and I said I could be quicker if I had clean air, but after my first pit stop I locked the softs and ruined that set of tyres.

“I came in again and had traffic to Kimi, we were able to stay with him but damaging the tyres too much to really make an impact and pass.

“I think we didn’t have the best race today, fortunately in seven days we’ll get another chance. We definitely need to make it a better Sunday in Baku. I’m always excited to go to a new track. It’s a street circuit as well so it should be fun.”

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