Ricciardo admits Red Bull on back foot

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that Red Bull is facing an uphill challenge after he could finish only sixth at the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo struggled for pace throughout due to inconsistencies delivered from the Renault engine and was unable to catch Sauber's Felipe Nasr, as he came home a lap down on winner Lewis Hamilton.

"It wasn’t the most exciting race," he said. "After the start I was able to stay with Nasr, but I wasn’t able to get close enough to make the move. We finished the race and got some points which was positive, and there are things we can learn; I think on paper sixth was the best for us today.

"In terms of where we need to improve, the main issue is the drivability and the power, there are pretty big chunks that we know we need to find there.

"Beyond that it’s hard, as with the chassis itself I don’t think we’ve really been able to test it to its limits yet due to the other issues we’ve had. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we have got a lot of information from this weekend which will help us ahead of Malaysia."

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat was unable to start the race due to a gearbox problem.

"I had to stop on the way to the grid as we had a problem; I think it was something to do with the gearbox," he said.

"Obviously it’s not a nice feeling to watch the other drivers on track while you are here."

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