Ricciardo laments tough end to race

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Daniel Ricciardo was left lamenting a difficult final few laps as he lost out on a top 10 finish.

Ricciardo had held tenth position but was overtaken by Jenson Button with a couple of laps remaining.

"It was a tough end to the day, really tough," he said.

"It looked as though we were going to hang on to the flag to get the point for tenth place, but then in the last five laps, I lost pretty much all the grip I had and I saw the guys closing in on me."

"I tried to hold them off but I didn’t have enough left in the tyres to do it. It’s frustrating to get that close but I put up the best fight I could and there was nothing more I could have done today. It was very difficult to overtake in the early stages when the cars were full of fuel and it wasn’t easy to stay with the car in front through the fast corners, so we had to be patient."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne finished just behind Ricciardo in twelfth place.

"The final result was nothing special, but I feel I had a good race," said Vergne.

"We had planned a two stop, but switched to a single tyre change and for the second part of the race, I was told I had to manage my Options carefully, but I was given the go ahead to push again with 15 laps to go and at that point my race pace was quite good. So I feel we did a good job with the car we had."

"On the last lap, I tried to pass my team-mate at Turn 1, and it didn’t work and we ran wide, but I think he had used a bit of Kers on the straight so I couldn’t pass him. I used all my KERS on the next straight to try and outbrake him but then Gutierrez clipped my rear wheel at Turn 12 and he tried to pass me and we touched."

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