Ricciardo had a lonely British Grand Prix as his Red Bull finished 10s behind Rosberg and 43s ahead of Raikkonen at the checkered flag. He finished 4th, but was disappointed to finish behind his team mate Max Verstappen.
Apart from a hunt down and overtake of Force India’s Sergio Perez, it was a bore-fest for the honey-badger. The virtual safety car caught him out and Verstappen took strategic priority up ahead. That left Ricciardo too far behind the top three to do anything.
He wasn’t able to show his race-craft to the British crowds, and said recently that,
“We just got unlucky with the virtual safety car. It just came at the wrong time and we lost more than 10 seconds there.
We were talking a lot (with the team about tyre strategy in the wet) … at the time it all seemed OK, but it was just a boring race. I had nothing to fight for and no one to fight with.
I wanted some action. I think you could tell after [Qualifying] I was ready to actually have a bit of a fight with somebody, but sometimes it just doesn’t work and that’s just how it was.
The virtual car made the leaders get away and that was all I could do.”
– Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo isn’t a sulk though, and seemed to get over the race pretty quickly. Here he is giving us the lowdown on the race with Hungary also in mind.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 12, 2016