Having suffered throughout the European Grand Prix in Baku with heavy tyre wear, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo is confident the team has found the solution.
Ricciardo qualified third for the European Grand Prix but started the race in second position, after Sergio Perez had to serve a five-place grid penalty as he required a gearbox change due to a crash in practice.
Although the high track and air temperatures didn’t suit the Red Bull and Ricciardo went nowhere but down the order, and was left baffled post-race as to where the pace went as he finished over a minute behind.
Now that the team has had over a week to analyse where their pace went, they’re confident they can have a strong race in Austria.
“We did quite a bit of, or the team did quite a bit of work after the race,” Ricciardo said after qualifying in Austria.
“I was in the factory and basically got shown a whole lot of data and some explanations from the guys. Basically we got them too hot. We know why and how to minimize it if it happens again.
“Once we started the race there was nothing we could have done. It was the set up and the approach that we had before the race. Once we got into the race we were a bit helpless. There was not anything myself or Max could have done different to help that.”
While the Red Bull Ring isn’t a track Red Bull Racing has traditionally excelled at, having two DNF’s in 2014 and only achieving one point in 2015, Ricciardo feels encourage of the pace they’ve shown in qualifying.
“This certainly has been one of our weaker circuits, the characteristics and that, so I feel pretty comfy with the car,” Ricciardo continued.
“To get into Q3 with the super softs, we are pretty happy. We knew that we would not be fighting for a front row here, but to be within the gaps we’ve been in, I am happy with that.”
As for the race tomorrow, when asked whether he would prefer a wet or dry race, the Australian replied: “Mixed would be fun”.
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