Ricciardo explains crash at 'unique' circuit

By on Friday, June 17, 2016
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo thanked his Red Bull mechanics for an "awesome" repair job after he crashed out of the first practice session for the European Grand Prix.

Ricciardo slid wide exiting Turn 15 during the first 90-minute session and caused substantial damage the right rear of his RB12 after hitting the wall.

Red Bull was able to mend his car in time for the second session, in which he set the 10th quickest time.

"It’s pretty unique and as I showed this morning some of the corners are pretty challenging and not that easy," he said.

"I didn’t brake too late, I actually came off the brakes too quick and tried to carry too much speed across the corner, even at the apex I didn’t think there was a problem but then the rear kicked out and did quite a lot of damage.

"On a positive note the guys did a really awesome job to get me out there for second practice so a big thanks to them for allowing me to use the entire session.

"There is some time on the straight to think, which is nice as the corners are technical and you really need to concentrate.

"Being a street circuit if you want to be quick you need to find the limit and get close to the walls. In general we are chasing some grip and not really where we want to be.

"As we have found at new tracks before, getting the tyres to dig in isn’t easy, so when we improve that we will find some lap time."

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