Daniel Ricciardo has expressed delight after a competitive display during the 53-lap Italian Grand Prix, which eventually saw the future Red Bull driver finish 7th and ahead of both the McLarens and Lewis Hamilton. However, the Australian ace has implored his team to remain focused on introducing developments to the car as the season continues.
After an equally competitive qualifying performance, Daniel Ricciardo managed to both qualify and finish the race in 7th position. This in turn saw him bring home six vital World Championship points for both himself and the Faenza-based outfit. With the sport now preparing to return to Asia for the first of the seven final flyaway races, Toro Rosso currently sit 14 points ahead of Sauber and 30 points behind Force India in the Constructors’ Championship.
With a long way to go before the conclusion of the Championship, Daniel Ricciardo is remaining optimistic of his team’s chances on catching Force India in the Constructors’ Championship. Once again Paul di Resta failed to finish the race after an early incident, and Adrian Sutil was unable to finish within the points thus allowing Toro Rosso to yet again reel in the Silverstone-based outfit. However, to remain competitive throughout the remainder of the season, Daniel Ricciardo has insisted that the team will need to focus on introducing new developments to the car.
“I am pleased with that!” Enthused Daniel Ricciardo, after yet another finish within the points, “After qualifying well yesterday, it was nice to maintain that position at the end of today. In recent races where we have managed to qualify in the top ten, we didn’t have the pace to stay there in the race, but today we did. I think I got the most out of the car, managing to keep the guys behind me and the low downforce set –up certainly helped us down the straights. We must keep pushing hard on the car development for the next few races, because hopefully, a top five finish is not too far away.”
Although Daniel Ricciardo managed to maintain his grid position throughout the race and bring home a handful of valuable points for the team, team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was once again struck with bad luck during the early stages of the race. The Frenchman, who is likely to remain at Toro Rosso next season, suffered a suspected transmission issue on Lap 14. This saw him become the second of only two retirements in the race, along with Paul di Resta. Jean-Eric Vergne is adamant he could’ve finished within the points had his car not developed mechanical gremlins.
“Everything was going well, I wasn’t actually in a battle at the time and was conserving my tyres and controlling Button behind me quite easily.” Explained Jean-Eric Vergne, “Then I felt something was wrong and had to stop at the side of the track. I said on the radio I thought the engine had gone, but actually it was still running and it seems I had some sort of transmission problem. A real shame. I would definitely have finished quite high up in the points as the guys ahead were not pulling away from me. I seem to be suffering a lot of bad luck this season, but I keep believing the turning point will come soon.”
Last season Jean-Eric Vergne’s bad luck struck once again at the Singapore Grand Prix, when the Frenchman was involved in a big accident with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher. Daniel Ricciardo, however, managed to secure a couple of points in 9th, something both he and Vergne will unquestionably be aiming to achieve in their quest for 6th in the Constructors’ Championship.
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