Ricciardo: Traffic scuppered race prospects

By on Monday, June 13, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo reckons getting stuck behind rivals compromised his prospects of achieving a stronger result at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo started from fourth place on the grid but was overhauled by team-mate Max Verstappen at the start, as the pair attempted to negotiate Nico Rosberg when the Mercedes driver re-joined the circuit.

Ricciardo was unable to pass Max Verstappen and after a second stop later in the race he emerged behind Kimi Raikkonen, ultimately finishing in seventh place.

"The start initially was okay, the Mercedes were really slow so there wasn’t really anywhere to go," he said.

"Then out of Turn 2 with Rosberg coming back on, I had to go on the inside, Max was on the outside and then I lost a position there.

"Then we were a bit quicker than Max on the first stint with the Ultra Softs and I said I could be quicker if I had clean air, but after my first pit stop I locked the softs and ruined that set of tyres.

"I came in again and had traffic to Kimi, we were able to stay with him but damaging the tyres too much to really make an impact and pass.

"I think we didn’t have the best race, fortunately in seven days we’ll get another chance."

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