Ricciardo frustrated by poor first lap

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo says that a poor first lap cost him dearly during a day in which Red Bull was not quick enough.

Ricciardo finished in eighth place in Austria but admitted that taking the outside line into the first corner on the opening lap was an incorrect decision.

"It was frustrating, it’s never nice going backwards on the first lap," he said.

"Off the line was one of our better starts, I tried to hang round the outside which was the wrong thing to do I got on the other side of the sausage kerb so I got swamped on the straight. I was frustrated with myself for that. Then from that point we tried to push and catch the others but we didn’t have that much pace. It wasn’t until the last stint when I could catch the Force Indias. It was a pretty sad race."

Ricciardo was told not to use the 'boost' button after problems struck Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but was not worried by the potential for his RB10 to hit problems.

"To be honest I wasn’t [worried] as if these things happen, they happen, you can't wait for them to happen," he said. "I was told to switch things, whether that was to do with Seb I don’t know, I don’t know if it slowed us down as we didn’t have the pace today."

The Australian passed Nico Hulkenberg on the final lap and admitted he had nothing to lose.

"I hadn’t done anything good all day so I figured we had to do something," he said. "I was ninth so I didn’t have much to lose, I was close enough so I thought ‘what the hell, lets go for it’."

Vettel encountered power problems early on but remained in the race, albeit a lap down, until Red Bull opted to retire him mid-distance.

"We tried to save some mileage in the end," he said. "I don’t believe in luck, we had lots of issues on my side so far but unfortunately it's part of the game, it's always been a part of Formula 1 and always will be."

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