Ricciardo accepts starts need to improve

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo has accepted that he needs to improve his starts following  slow getaway at the Russian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo qualified in sixth place but lost positions on the opening lap, before he recovered to seventh position, narrowly behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"The first few laps were pretty hectic and we lost a few places at the start," he said.

"We will have to have a look at that, it’s nearly the end of the season now, but we haven’t had many good starts so that’s a bit frustrating.

"Starting the race the tyre was already blistered, it had quite a bit from qualifying, so it wasn’t looking too healthy and the first stint made it worse; I could see it starting to come apart, so we had to pit quiet early. Then on the prime the tyre lasted well and we had good pace and could match Alonso, but couldn’t get past."

Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished eighth after losing ground by prolonging his first stint on Option tyres.

"I had a good start and then a tough battle with Daniel, but from then onwards the speed was nothing special, we had the same issues as we had in qualifying," he said, referring to rear end instability.

"I was alone for a lot of the race, the beginning was entertaining, but after that it wasn’t that busy."

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