I’m not just a one-lap specialist – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is eager to prove that he is not just a one-lap specialist next season when he partners four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull Racing.0858LW1D2107

The Aussie has dominated team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne in qualifying over their two seasons at Toro Rosso. However, he often slipped back during the races and this has helped him gain the reputation of being stronger on Saturday than he is on Sunday.

The 24-year-old insists that when he has a quick car, he will have no problem translating his qualifying performance into a strong race result.

“I think the races this year where we have had the race car to back up our qualifying speed, which unfortunately hasn’t been always but we had a few times like Silverstone, China and a few other places, I have delivered and lived up to the speed of the car,” he told AUTOSPORT.

“Next year if I get given the right car and I put it on the front row I am confident I can race there.”

When asked if he had sometimes outperformed the Toro Rosso in qualifying, before it then slumped to its true pace during the grand prix, he replied: “The way you described it is polite, but I would also agree with that.”

He admits that 45-time polesitter Sebastian Vettel will be a tough benchmark in 2014: “We both, particularly last year, have been very strong in qualifying in comparison to our team-mates so it could be a nice battle. I think if I show the speed, particularly early on, then that is going to go down well.

“The races will come but I think they have come on anyway in the last six months to a year.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

Facebook Twitter Email