Red Bull Racing’s home Grand Prix was a weekend to forget in many respects, although Daniel Ricciardo has taken some solace by finishing in tenth place from the rear of the grid.
The Milton Keynes team came into this weekend with the almost certain prospect of having both drivers incur grid penalties after being forced onto a fifth power unit element. The build-up to the weekend was further soured by another round of public spats with engine partner Renault – almost universally viewed in the paddock as an ungracious dummy spit – culminating in team owner Dietrich Mateschitz threatening to exit Formula 1 altogether unless the situation improves.
The race saw Ricciardo put in another one of his customary hard charges from the penultimate row of the grid, running an alternate Prime/Option tyre strategy on a mammoth opening stint. The final stages of the race saw the Australian scramble in to the final points’ paying position after a spirited battle with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber.
“I was pleased with the car during the race,” Ricciardo said afterwards.
“I was trying to push as much as I could towards the end to catch [Sergio] Pérez but the boys behind me were fighting for the podium and I had to respect that.
“I was really happy with the Option tyre, the balance of the car worked well. To finish 10th is a good result from where we started today.”
Teammate Daniil Kvyat finished two spots behind Ricciardo, with his race compromised after damaging his front wing in the sprint to Turn 1.
“The bodywork damage affected the grip for the entire race which made the car difficult to drive. I think points were possible today if it hadn’t been for the damage, so that’s disappointing,” he summarised.
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