Daniel Ricciardo said he’s fed up of finishing in fourth place after a “boring” British Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver was one of the first to pit to get rid of the wet weather tyres. However the Virtual Safety Car was deployed shortly afterwards, allowing the cars he had been racing to make their pit stops with less time loss and pull ahead.
“I thought that was boring,” Ricciardo admitted after the race. “We just got a bit unlucky with the Virtual Safety Car and lost the gap to the leaders, so it put me in a race by myself”.
“[Sergio] Perez was in front for a little bit but we knew once we cleared him then it was just trying to hope something would happen up front or whatever”.
Ricciardo has now finished fourth five times this year. “I’m definitely over these fourth places,” he said. “Unfortunately there was really just not much happening the race. We just got unlucky with the Virtual Safety Car, it came at the wrong time and we lost more than ten seconds there.”
However the Red Bull driver defended the strategy. “I don’t think we made the wrong decision,” he said, “from what I’ve seen at the time we just got unlucky”.
“We were talking a lot,” he added. “At the time it all seemed OK but it was just a boring race. Nothing to fight for, no one to fight with”.
“I wanted some action today,” Ricciardo reflected. “I think you could tell after yesterday I was ready to actually have a bit of a fight with someone but sometimes it just doesn’t work. That’s just how it was”.
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