Ricciardo targets improving race starts

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says that he has to work on his race starts after he dropped down the order at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Race starts were occasionally a weakness for the Australian driver in 2014 but last weekend Ricciardo dropped 10 places on the opening lap in China, restricting his prospects of finishing higher than ninth place.

Ricciardo, who lost a position off the line in Australia but maintained his grid slot in Malaysia, says that it is an area where he needs to work.

"To be honest, Melbourne wasn’t as bad as it looked," he said. "We had a lot of driveability issues in Melbourne and it wasn’t until we got through the gears, where these problems were affecting us. The actual launch was decent, and Malaysia wasn’t bad.

"It was obviously not ideal what happened in China. After looking through everything, it was my mistake in the end, so it’s something I won’t let happen again.

"The important thing is I’m aware of why it happened, so we can move on from there. Definitely last year the starts weren’t the strongest on the grid, so in general it’s a point that we all want to improve. I think it’s going to be better this weekend."

Ricciardo believes that Red Bull could be set for another struggle this weekend but is sure progress will be made.

"It sounded pretty good, finishing the first three in the points, but obviously we hoped for more at this stage," he said.

"We’re trying to do what we can. There is progress being made, we want more each race. I think we all expected a bit more from China. Updates wise there’s not much that can happen in the week, but I think there’s more potential in what we’ve got and I think we can try to grab that."

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