Sport Ricciardo: British GP fightback "great fun"

23:40  16 july  2017
23:40  16 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Ricciardo podium adds to Verstappen's DNF frustration

  Ricciardo podium adds to Verstappen's DNF frustration Max Verstappen’s fifth retirement in seven races was made even more frustrating by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth podium of the 2017 Formula One season, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Verstappen was caught up in an opening lap incident where Fernando Alonso crashed into him after being hit by Daniil Kvyat. Both Verstappen and Alonso were forced to retire from the race. It’s the fifth time this season Verstappen has failed to finish the race. Mechanical problems have been the cause more often than not. Engine, brake, and battery problems have all directly caused retirements, whilst a clutch problem contributed to Austria’s early exit. Meanwhile, Ricciardo is fighting at the front of the field and has more than twice as many points as Verstappen. “It’s massively tough for him,” Horner said. “But he will come through it as a stronger character. “There’s times in a grand prix driver’s career where you forget how young he is. He’s taking it all on the chin and of course that’s especially hard when he’s seeing the other car get the podiums that he feels he should be achieving. “But it will come right for him. He’s performing at such a high level that I think, when it does come right he could quite easily win three races in a row.” Horner also praised Ricciardo’s drive. Ricciardo was under pressure from Lewis Hamilton late in the race but held off the championship contender to finish 1.4s ahead. “He’s great under pressure,” Horner said.

After two dismal race weekends, Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull will be involved in the battle come the British Grand Prix. The Aussie is now looking forward to the next race on the calendar, the British GP , confident that Red Bull will be involved in the fight .

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Daniel Ricciardo was delighted with a superb recovery drive as he climbed from the back of the grid to fifth place in the British Grand Prix.

A combination of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change and a turbo failure in qualifying had left the Australian down in 19th on the grid.

It proved an action-packed race as Ricciardo gained good ground in the early laps before seeing his progress wiped out when he ran wide on the exit of Luffield.

The Red Bull driver swiftly scythed his way back through the pack and ultimately wound up fifth after problems for Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in the dying stages.

Ricciardo hit with five-place grid penalty

  Ricciardo hit with five-place grid penalty Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after Red Bull opted to change his gearbox ahead of Saturday’s third practice session. Due to the Australian’s gearbox not lasting the mandatory six consecutive grand prix’s, he will start five places lower than wherever he qualifies for the race. Red Bull informed the FIA on Friday night it was opting to change the unit; it’s the second time this season Ricciardo has been forced to change his gearbox, the first occurring at the opening round in Melbourne. Ricciardo will join Valtteri Bottas in the list of drivers taking grid penalties, the Mercedes driver was also forced to change his gearbox on Friday. Red Bull is expected to mount a challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari this weekend, despite both Ricciardo and Verstappen finishing adrift of their rivals in both practice sessions so far. The 28-year-old is on a run of five successive podium finishes going into this weekend, Ricciardo’s best finish at Silverstone is a third-place finish in 2014.

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Ricciardo says he thoroughly enjoyed the race and hopes that he was able to put a good show for the Silverstone fans.

“I hope they showed a lot of that on TV,” he said. “I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it.

“We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.”

“It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.”

Ricciardo remains fourth in the drivers’ championship, but loses ground to Valterri Bottas who also recovered from a gearbox penalty to take second.

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