Ricciardo acknowledges Red Bull power deficit

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo says that Red Bull is down on power compared to title rivals Mercedes.

Ricciardo's Red Bull team is powered by Renault and the French manufacturer has encountered several issues in 2014, although Ricciardo believes matters should improve very soon.

"We know that we are still a bit down on power, and the Mercedes seem to be pretty strong on the straights," he said.

"Also managing the fuel was a bit unique, especially looking at the beginning of the last stint, where I was in a fuel saving mode, and Kevin [Magnussen] was rather on full attack.

"He basically caught up within one or two laps, but I could defend my position, and then he had to save fuel towards the end of the race and I was able to pull away. So on this we still have quite a bit to learn on how to do it in the most efficient way. But overall it is also fun and it keeps us more busy in the cockpit, as this is another obstacle that we have to overcome to be able to win.

"Also I have heard good news from the factory, and I hope that Renault was able to put a few more horses into our car, so that we are able to be stronger on the straights."

Ricciardo was disqualified from second place in Australia for exceeding the fuel flow rate limit but he still feels proud of the job he did.

"From my side I really feel proud how the weekend went, and whatever happened afterwards was not in my control," he said.

"I am very happy with how I approached that weekend, and how the team performed, especially coming out of a rather bumpy Bahrain testing. So all in all it was very promising. Whether or not I get the 18 points, it has given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.

"I somehow still feel that I came in second, and I stood up on that podium and that feeling was great, and I carry that with me hoping that I will be there again soon. I think that there is a chance that we’ll get the points back, but what that chance is I don’t know."


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