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Daniel Ricciardo: “I was ready for a battle and some action today”

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 10, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Ricciardo finished in fourth place at Sunday’s British Grand Prix, however despite finishing ahead of both Scuderia Ferrari’s the Australian was less than enthusiastic about the race itself.

“I think for the team and for the points it was really good. Obviously we gained a bit on Ferrari which is nice, but for me it was lonely and a bit boring.”

Having lost out in the inevitable round of pit stops when the virtual safety car was deployed, pitting during the earlier influx of cars, Ricciardo struggled to pass the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez, who had managed to get ahead of him by pitting later, and that saw the Red Bull Racing driver fall further behind the leaders with every lap.

Once the Mexican was out of the equation, the Australian was left in what felt like a race of his own with no one else near him on track, all the way to the chequered flag. That meant there was no wheel to wheel action for the competitive Ricciardo, something he felt somewhat ruined the race.

“We lost a lot of time with the Virtual Safety Car and that was just bad luck. This was out of our hands and there’s nothing we could have done different. It just came at the wrong time for me and we lost the position to Perez and then more than ten seconds behind the leaders. Then not stopping again for the rest of the race you can’t catch this much. When the pace in the front is what it is you can get a tenth here or there but not half a second per lap.

“I was ready for a battle and some action today, but unfortunately it wasn’t given to me. It is what it is now and hopefully Budapest works better.”

Bringing both cars home ahead of the two Ferrari’s is a fantastic result for Red Bull, and Ricciardo will be aiming to complete that feat again, whilst out-doing team-mate Max Verstappen and making it onto the podium at the next round in Hungary.

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