Ricciardo says Blanchimont moment cost him time

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo believes that a moment at Blanchimont cost him time during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo qualified in fifth place in wet conditions at Spa Francorchamps but shot wide at the fast right hander during the final stages of the session.

Despite the error, he ended up just two-tenths of a second behind third-placed Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

"I had a moment on Blanchimont; that corner is tricky in the wet," he said.

"It’s never full, it’s always a lift or a dab of the brakes and knowing that the chequered flag was just there at the end of the session, then I just pushed it a bit too much.

"I guess in hindsight it cost a bit of time, but you never get the perfect lap in these conditions.

"Spa is unique, as the track is so long and some parts of the circuits are drier than others, so nearly every lap you’re driving blind. It’s great to drive here though."

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