Speaking at the British Grand Prix on Thursday, Daniel Ricciardo said that he’s still puzzled as to why his Red Bull still struggles with tyres after being beaten in the Austrian GP by teammate Max Verstappen.
Ricciardo started the race in fourth position, five places ahead of Verstappen, yet was comfortably beaten by the teenager as Verstappen claimed his second podium of the year while the Australian finished further down the track in fifth position.
Having had tyre struggles throughout the year, Ricciardo has been continuing to analyse where his tyres struggle in comparison to the other Red Bull as well as rival cars.
“We’ve just been looking into it, in terms of what we could have done different or better to keep life in the tyres,” Ricciardo said.
“There’s nothing really obvious, there was a few of these races last year where it’s just there’s not concrete answers.
“But also it’s one of those ones, it’s an easier answer, sometimes it’s easy to hear but it’s not still really an answer. With these tyres it’s like you get them a little bit off or above or below their window and they do lose quite a bit of performance. And it could just be a case of some corners and just getting out of the window, but we’re still just trying to understand why I’d say.”
The trouble Ricciardo seems to be having is the Red Bull tyres overheat, and in Austria there was little Ricciardo could do to prevent the degradation, which forced him to pit for a second time.
“Looking at the difference across cars there wasn’t anything obvious with setup or anything like that so, obviously I’m looking at stuff if I was approaching corners differently or again doing something to work the tyres harder.”
“It was either one or the other, I looked at it and saw that they were quick – the guys in front – and Kimi was coming so I was like ‘well they’re obviously not really saving tyres, they’re just going for it so I’ll go for it as well’ but I didn’t have the tyre life to go with that.
“I think I’ve understood a little bit, don’t get me wrong, but there’s no one big setup issue that went in the wrong direction, it’s a combination of a few little things.
When it was put to the Australian that his tyre issues were a strange situation, Ricciardo joked “Yeah, I think I’m shit now! Never had it.”
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