Ricciardo pins early exit on brakes

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo says problems with his brakes prevented him from making it through to the top 10 shootout at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo ran into the gravel during Q2 on his way to the 14th fastest time and will now drop to 18th due to an engine penalty.

As he cannot serve the full sanction, Ricciardo will be issued with a five second penalty in the race, which he will serve at his first pit stop.

"We ran into some issues under braking in Q2," he said. "I know what I felt – I'm not sure we know why it happened.

"We weren't able to get temperatures into the brakes, like there was an offset between left and right side, and then there was some other stuff going on, I don't know if it was engine braking related or downshift.

"I basically just couldn't pull up the car, so a couple of separate issues and both under braking. I knew looking at the braking markers I was already braking a lot earlier than in P3, for example, so there was a chunk of time lost there and I'm sure we would have been in Q3 without it.

"It's a bit of a shame it happens during qualifying but as long as we get it sorted we'll try and make a good race."

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